Most job seekers do not know that the growth in energy exploration and environmental regulations will create a large number of well-paying environmental science jobs over the next decade. Now I know this fact is not popular in political circles but it is true.
Changes in environmental laws, like the Clean Water Act (CWA), may cause companies and governments to commission environmental impact studies and/or apply for new permits for plants expansions, pipeline projects, changes waste water treatment and other major construction projects.
Which Jobs Are Growing?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) and O*net (Department Labor Occupational Site), the following jobs will grow faster than average over the next decade. There are direct links to the information on these jobs.
- Environmental Scientists
- Atmospheric Scientists
- Environmental Technicians
- Science Technicians
What Do They Do
Environmental scientists collect and data; performed laboratory analyses and produce reports which tell companies and governments if they are compliance with environmental regulations or have cleaned up contamination. Some of the jobs require a lot of time outdoors in differing terrain and weather conditions.
Examples of their work
- Environmental assessments and reporting
- Pollution monitoring
- Oil spill post clean up studies
- Air, water and wildlife sampling
What You Need To Do
- Research the education and experience requirements for your chosen profession
- Find out which companies are hiring and their requirements
- Find out which geographic areas are the most active for the type of jobs you want
- Grow a professional network through professional associations and recruiters
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