The forty-seventh annual Earth day has just occurred this past weekend and was quite successful. Earth Day was created in 1970 by President Nelson, who was inspired to create this day because of the oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. Each year people around the world in different countries do a variety of tasks that helps the environment. Whether that be to take a walk through the woods, plant a tree, or pick up trash in a local park, this day brings the world together to promote environmental protection. While many only pay tribute to helping the environment on this specific day, there is actually a plethora of jobs that are dedicated to helping the planet.
Now if science isn’t one of your favorite subjects this article may not pertain to you, but if working with animals, spending hours outside, and running lab reports is your thing these jobs may be right for you! Here is a starting list of some of the popular jobs that deal with helping the environment:
- Conservation Scientist:
In this job you will work with a variety of people, whether it be with homeowners all the way up the state/government level. With these people you will ensure that resources and forests are being prioritized correctly. An average degree that needs to be obtained in college is a Bachelor’s degree, but if you want to earn more with your salary a master’s or Ph.D. should be the ones to reach for. An accurate salary range for this career is $38,000 to $95,000 dollars a year.
2. Environmental Scientist and Protection Technician:
If you’re the type of person who loves to be outdoors and always active, then this job is your cup of tea. This career heavily relies on field-work and not sitting at a desk for eight hours a day. With this career you will be going to potentially problematic areas and test for the different pollutants and chemicals in that area. The degree(s) that are required for this career is an associates, but a Bachelors wouldn’t hurt. The typical salary range for this job is $26,000 to $68,000 annually.
- Zoologist/ Wildlife Biologist:
For all of the animal lovers, these jobs are probably the ones that will be enjoyable for you. Before considering either of these careers, note that these are pretty broad in the the “What you will do” department. These jobs require you to specialize in a certain section of the animal kingdom, whether this be with mammals, birds, insects or marine life. The minimum degree for this career is a bachelors, but for more pay a master’s degree is a must. Annual pay for either of these jobs can range from $37,000 to $95,000 depending on the degree you have.
- Environmental Lawyer:
Before listing the day to day schedule for this job, just know that this is one of the education heavy careers. With that out of the way, the main basis for what this job entails is just like a normal lawyer, but you will be helping organizations, companies, and even the government work out varying levels of the environment. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree and three years of law school is required for this career path, but is definitely worth it. While working as an environmental lawyer you could earn at least $54,000 minimum to $187,000 annually.
These jobs are not for anyone, only people who have a passion for science. Now, the careers mentioned in this article are not the only careers that can help the planet these are only the ones that pertain to the science field.