Published: Feb 02, 2010
Today,some of the fastest-growing occupations are in the environmental sector. Thefederal government has allocated billions of dollars to implement its AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act, which includes funding for green technology andpractices, and is intended to stoke the creation of green jobs. Other toppositions are available with private companies that are required to meet thenew, more stringent state and federal environmental standards.
Some importantthings to consider when seeking an environmental job are whether you want towork as a consultant (Read what a typical day in the life of a Sustainability Consultant involves), if you prefer a job that takes you outdoors (Read what is involved in being a National Park Ranger), and whetheryou like the idea of working for a small, local nonprofit organization (A regional planner at a New York-based nonprofit discusses her role), alarge, national organization or the federal government (See what the job of a Policy Analyst at the EPA involves). You might want to askyourself what environmental issues you’re particularly passionate about andwhat skills do you have that may be applicable to those issues. Are youinterested in cleanup work, policy, research or teaching? Another considerationis what type of education and background is required for various positions.
Below are some of the different roles offered within the environmental space. Click through to read in-depth descriptions, a day in the life and much more! If you want to stay on top of the news on the hot sector of green jobs and career advancement in the field of environmental sustainability, check out our Corporate Responsibility blog In Good Company and follow us on Twitter!
Hydrologists -- Water and Wastewater Experts
Environmental Monitoring Experts
Environmental Policy Lobbyists and Advocates
Executive Directors and Fund Raisers
Electrical (Environmental) Engineers
Environmental Justice Workers
Researchers on Local Sustainability Practices
Environmental Jobs in National Parks (E.g.: Rangers)
Environmental Planners—at the Local and National Level
Strategic Sustainability Consultants
Food and Agriculture Specialists
(Green) Finance and Economics Experts
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