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Green Jobs With an Environmental Degree

If you love nature and want to make a difference in the world then a degree in environmental science might be for you. You may even make some new break-through discovery through all of your research! You aren’t limited to just being an environmental scientist as there are many other careers available. Here are some.

Wildlife Biologist

A wildlife biologist will study wildlife and conduct experiments in both uncontrolled and controlled settings.  Typical employers are the local, state and federal governments. You might also find employment in post-secondary education, research labs and even the pharmaceutical industry. Many independent, nonprofit organizations may employ wildlife biologists. The pay in those positions isn’t as good, it would need to be a labor of love. Average pay for these positions is $40,000 a year.

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Environmental Engineer

An environmental engineer is tasked to create solutions to both solve and prevent environmental hazards. Most are freelance consultants or work for state or federal agencies or architectural firms. For a firm, you would make sure all developments comply with federal and local laws while minimizing environmental damage.  Current wages for an engineer with four years’ experience is $46,000 – $59,000.

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

These positions are in charge of creating methods of ensuring the safety of people at job sites and other locations. They use principles of biology and chemistry to create safe environments.  These specialties are often employed by the state or federal governments but can also find work with private companies and boards of education. The average annual pay for these positions ranges from $42,000 to $56,000.


Ecologists study the often bizarre relationships between organisms in the environment and how they relate to its populations. In typical fashion most are employed by the local, state or federal governments, especially the Department of Agriculture. However, many can find work in research labs or environmental nonprofits. The average pay for these positions is $33,000 to $43,000.

Jobs with a degree in environmental studies are great for those who are concerned about the environment and want to make a difference. Check with an accredited online university for available classes.

Jeff Jordan writes and lives in Southern California. He writes about a variety of topics including automobiles and colleges such as Trident University.

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