Career In Environmental Studies

Today opportunities are endless for building a career in the field of environment science. 

Environmental sciences has emerged as a strong career path as the problem of environmental pollution, deterioration of living environment, and exhaustion of natural resources is becoming a major concern throughout the world.

Our major concern is to protect earth’s natural resources like flora and fauna, which includes plants and animal life. Environmental scientists, after studying various life sciences, help us to protect these natural resources through their studies and research.

There are vast career options for environmental studies. You can become an environmental scientist, an educationist, a technologist or involve yourself in jobs like conservation, pollution detection and control, and soil or water testing in laboratories.

Not only this, environmental studies include detailed study of ecology, environmental biology, environmental chemistry and geology. Student of environmental science can pursue career in environmental laws too. Broadly environmental science jobs include all aspects of protecting our environment.

Where can you get job?

As an environmental scientist, you can get government’s job, and many companies in science and technology fields and energy field hire environmental technologists and scientists. These companies in the green energy industry take up social responsibility to solve environment problems on the global platform. So opportunities in this field are endless.

If you specialize yourself in this field, you can find excellent jobs. Some feasible specializations in this field are:

•    Management in Environmental Planning
•    Water Quality Management
•    Environmental Science and technology
•    Wetland Ecosystem
•    Limnology
•    Natural Resource Management


Students who want to pursue degree in this field must possess degree in B.Sc. or equivalent degree in chemistry, environmental science, natural science, agriculture, environmental engineering, geography or economics. Many institutes prefer work experience for pursuing M.Sc. in Environmental Science.

Some top universities where you can pursue this program include:

•    Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society

•    University of Wisconsin, Institute for Environmental Studies

•    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Natural Resources

•    Boston University, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies

•    Arizona State University, Environmental Technology Program

•    Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPF)

Due to the rising concern for the environment, green-collar industry is growing rapidly and number of jobs in the field of environmental studies is expected to grow more than ever in the next decade.

If you have genuine interest in this field, you will surely excel and get a six figure job. An environmental scientist depending on experience gets an average salary in between $40,000 to $70,000.

Preeti Mehta