Career in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science (ES) is a field that attempts to find solutions for environmental problems by combining the study of different sciences like Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Geography.

Do you know that 1 million species have already gone extinct while many others face extinction due to man-made environmental problems? Or that with every second (even now as you read this) one and half an acre of forest is being razed down in some part of the world?
 
Environmentalists are people who take up the cause of environmental sustainability by creating awareness and taking steps to prevent pollution and environmental destruction. They are educated and trained extensively in different way of protecting the environment. Like 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.

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 many, 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

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.  

The Indian environmental realm is also growing rapidly. You could work in one of the globally prestigious organisations like: 
CH2MM Hill ltd, Englewood
World Wildlife Fund
Greenpeace 
URS Corp
The Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO)
Gujarat Environmental Protection & Infrastructure Limited
Enviro Analysts & Engineers Private Limited
An environmental science graduate’s income depends upon his/her qualification, experience and organisation he/she is working in. Environmental scientists make more money abroad when compared to India.

Pros & Cons

Following are some of the advantages of being an Environmental Scientist:
  • A demanding and respectable job
  • The satisfaction of doing something to save the planet and working for a cause
  • The chance of meeting famous people of the field
Following are the lesser known disadvantages of being an Environmental Scientist:
  • Long work hours
  • Environmentalists may have to face opposition from politicians or business organisations
  • The work involves a lot of research and sometimes the results may not be seen soon

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