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What is the best advice you have for someone going into the Environmental Science field?

I would like to major in environmental science, and love hearing input from professionals about the field. #science #environmental-science #environmental-services

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Ritika’s Answer

Environmental science is a broad field, like a wide shallow river. It is up to you to develop a skillset for yourself. You could keep these in mind and do well.




  • It’s important to develop a focus, a deep knowledge of a skill that will make you more attractive as a job candidate. Examples include geographic information systems (GIS) experience, database management, statistics, field experience, surveying, and chemistry analytical techniques.




  • Internships will build experience in your field and help you determine if you like the subject and type of work. It will also let you meet people in the field, so you can make connections that may become helpful further down the road.




  • Look at professional societies in your area of interest and consider joining as a student member. You may also consider attending the society’s conference. Attending a scientific conference will give you a front-row seat to the scientific process and provide the opportunity to meet other students and professionals in the field.




Good luck!

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Amanda’s Answer

<span style="background-color: rgb(253, 253, 253);">Internships! Practical experience will give you skills you can't learn in a class room and help you decide what you do and don't like within the field. The field is amazing and you can do so many meaningful things with an environmental degree. Good luck!</span>

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Fred N.’s Answer

Bailey, Hi. You already have some great advice to consider here in the previous posts. I would add that it is wise to be open-minded about any job you take. Each job will likely focus on but a few aspects of the environmental protection field, and there are very many of importance. Also, the occupational/worker safety field is closely aligned with environmental protection in many organizations. The more skills and knowledge you pick up in both areas, the better your chances will be for finding a job you love, and succeeding. Good luck!

Regards From,

Fred
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Sara’s Answer

Be opened minded when it comes to job opportunities. Many students choose to major in environmental science because they want to work outdoors, but a lot of meaningful work happens in an office setting, such as drafting regulations and negotiating with partners to bring about a desired environmental goal.

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James’s Answer

Be sure to get a well rounded education. Try to get a Biology degree with a minor in chemistry. Also include some humanities ie:sociology,english literature

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