I am sure there are going to be people who disagree with me but this article had to be written. I am not making a political statement nor am I choosing sides in this matter. I am simply pointing out job opportunities for people who are searching.
The mainstream media has had a field day examining the dangers of coal mining and offshore drilling in the wake of the recent disasters. I believe some of the scrutiny is warranted and if negligence is involved appropriate action must be taken. My job in this situation is to bring job seekers a different perspective on how a crisis and disaster can mean new job opportunities in the green, environmental and infrastructure industries. Many of the career fields I highlight in this article have acute shortages of qualified people and a strong long-term outlook. I have included certifications after each career field where applicable.
- Industrial Hygiene (CIH) and Safety (CSP) inspectors/ investigators : When a crisis or disaster happens there is always an investigation. CIH and CSP investigators try to ascertain if there were any environmental health and safety issues or violations which contributed to the accident and report their findings to the company, government officials, insurance companies and legal counsel, if necessary. There is an acute shortage of CIH and CSP throughout the US industrial complex. Some of the positions in this industry do not require a technical degree but do require extensive training sponsored by government and professional organizations.
- Environmental Forensics Investigators: Different from the CIH and CSP professionals, forensic professionals figure why and how the accident occurred through a process called failure analysis. Forensics professionals are usually architects, engineers, scientists and construction managers who look at how the rig was designed and constructed and what processes were happening at the time of the explosion to determine why the structure collapsed. The same type of professionals analyzed the World Trade Center and the Minnesota bridge to learn how and why they collapsed. Forsenics is a highly specialized field which requires high levels of experience and training. This is why it suffers from shortages of qualified people.
- Environmental Disaster clean up and remediation professionals: Disaster clean up and remediation has become a major industry because of accidents, natural disaster and terrorism. Not only is there a shortage of engineers and scientists but there is a shortage of technicians as well. The technical staff will have a number of different education and training levels but all will be trained in hazardous and industrial waste disposal. Two of the best certifications for hazardous waste disposal is Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) or Certified Hazardous Material Practitioner (CHMP) which are handled by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). There are also EPA, private company and state sponsored programs which provide this training.
- Environmental and Habitat Restoration professionals: Biologists, botanists, ecologists, landscapers and veterinary professionals will play a vital role in the recovery of the environmentally impacted shoreline and injured animal populations. The after effects of the oil spill will have to be monitored and studied for years after the event. The restoration efforts will even extend from the land out to the ocean depths to mitigate any future impacts from the Oil Spill. These long-term assignments are usually funded by the company responsible for the disaster and the federal government.
What You Should Consider
Environmental crises and disasters are an unfortunate part of life. But their blow can be lessened by dedicated professionals who ensure the situation does not happen again and restore the impacted habitat close to its natural state. If you are looking for a career that will make a difference in the environment and people’s lives, look at these. Thanks
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