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What are some jobs in the Environmental Science field?

Asked Los Angeles, California

I am interested in pursuing Environmental Science as a career, but also want to be able to travel while at the job. Do you have any job positions that combine both career and travel? #career #travel #careers #job #traveling #environmentalscience

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

There are many options in the area of Environmental Science. The important thing for you to do is to determine which would most closely match with your personalty traits.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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John’s Answer

Updated Lakeville, Massachusetts

Environmental Science careers can be very rewarding. I have seen people that do a great deal of travel locally because most employers will be engineer firms, government agencies, or private sector environmental companies. Because most companies handle a specific region you will most likely be limited by the needs of the employer. Sure there are national and international employers who will hire people for specific jobs but those can be highly competitive. Start networking now because they might be more about who you know than what you know.


If you are seriously looking to travel world wide as an environmental profession I suggest the following steps:

John recommends the following next steps:

  • While working on your degree network in areas such as international environmental groups. Greenpeace to World Wildlife Foundation and even check into the UN assets. Look for summer internships that you can get a foothold into the organizations.
  • When you start your professional career, be amazing at it. To many look at a first job as just a first job. Look at it as a place to learn all you can before moving on to the next greater job. Remember your goal and constantly be submitting for positions that will bring you there.
  • Don't be afraid to think regionally to build skills and a reputation.
  • Volunteer to work for free or cheaply if the position gets you to a point where your skills warrant the position you want. Volunteering might sound like a fool's errand but working for free for a local town conservation commission during the summer looks great on a resume where your peers worked in an office.
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