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What careers can you go into with an Environmental Science degree?

Just interested, I wish to have opportunities to work with animals.

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Jane S.’s Answer

With environmental science, you can go into many fields. You can work to prevent climate change - an objective of prime importance! You can study air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution - and research cures. For example, if you choose hydrology, the study of water, you could work for the government, or for industries involved or impacted by water use. Same is true for soil. You could test soil for evidence of contamination, especially near former industrial plants. You could work for government seeking to provide unbiased testing, or for a real estate company seeking those inspections before it can safely sell that land. Environmental science study should give you a variety of areas!
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Simon’s Answer

Hi Anna.

The options for a career working with animals are many are varied, as are potential routes from an environmental science degree. While there is plenty of crossover between those two, there are some notable differences. Environmental scientists tend to focus more on toxicology, pollution issues, and the environmental issues that impact both human and wildlife health, and the discipline has a solid foundation in biochemistry. Working with animals can include veterinary science and service, agriculture, conservation biology, zoo and aquarium work, animal rescue and rehabilitation, pest control, and so on. One doesn't necessarily need a foundation in environmental science for any of those.

What I would suggest as a key next step is to explore internship and volunteer opportunities that give you a taste of what different sectors and professional roles involve - there are many opportunities out there in government agencies (federal, state and city), NGOs and non-profits, educational institutions, and private companies. Your academic advisors and career services should be able to help you identify and apply for anything that appeals to you. Now is a prime time to start looking ahead of the summer next year.

Good luck!
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Janet’s Answer

Check out your state’s Fish & Wildlife Department which usually falls under a broader Natural Resources Agency - there should be plenty of opportunities.
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ANTONIO’s Answer

Anna , first of all I will suggest that you focus on what you love first , so if it is the environment and animals I will suggest to explore Zoologist, Marine biology, Wildlife biologist, , but it also include more researching can also explore Biochemistry, Microbiology, Environmental science, Genetics, etc. good luck
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