About Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science (ES) is a field that incorporates subjects like Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology and most importantly Geography, to study and solve environmental problems.

Environmentalists are trained in detail in areas such as hazardous waste management, integrated recycling zones, environment clearance, design services, project engineering and management, utility plant operation and maintenance, waste water management etc.

There are many opportunities available for an Environmentalist. A graduate of Environmental Sciences has immense scope in the fields like conservation, education, policy, research and much more. An environmental scientist begins his or her work in field exploration or sometimes in the laboratory as a technician or research assistant. With experience, he or she gets more difficult assignments and may eventually move into a supervisory role.

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Top Colleges

There are many top colleges across the globe which offers this course. We have come up with a comprehensive table of the best countries and colleges along with the study duration and annual fees.

INDIA

IIT Mumbai | IIT Kharagpur | IISC

USA

University of California Berkeley (UCB) | University of Georgia | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | Stanford University | SUNY College of Environmental Science

UK

University of Cambridge | University of Oxford | University of Sheffield | Imperial College London | Columbia University

AUSTRALIA

University of Melbourne | University of Queensland | Australian National University

Career Prospects

There are many opportunities available for an environmentalist. A graduate of environmental sciences has immense scope in the fields like conservation, education, policy, research and much more. An environmental scientist begins his or her work in field exploration or sometimes in the laboratory as a technician or research assistant. With experience, he or she gets more difficult assignments and may eventually move into a supervisory role.

For an Environmental Scientist, the career prospects are huge at both the national as well as the international level:

National Level Departments/ Organizations:

  • Industries, distilleries, fertilizer plants, mines, refineries, textile mills, etc.
  • Forest and wildlife management
  • Pollution control boards
  • Urban planning
  • Ministry of environment and forests

International Organisations:

  • Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Earth System Governance Project
  • Embassies and other international organisations related to environment
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Jobs & Salary

There are many organisations which work closely with the environment and hire Environment Science graduates. These organisations play an active part in the restoration of many forests. An environmental science graduate’s income depends upon his/her qualification, experience and organisation he/she is working in.

Pros & Cons

Following are some of the advantages of being an Environmental Scientist:

  • High paying job
  • A high demanding and respectable job
  • Both the government and the private sector give a lot of benefits to retain their skilled workforce

Following are the lesser known disadvantages of being an Environmental Scientist:

  • Work involves less interaction with others
  • Long work hours
  • Environmentalist  have to deal with hazardous chemicals

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