Business, Green

5 Green Careers for the Job Seeker

Environmental engineers help create physical solutions to environmental issues. Image: Shutterstock
Environmental engineers help create physical solutions to environmental issues.
Image: Shutterstock

More and more jobs are popping up these days that didn’t exist years ago. Some of those jobs are in the environmental and green energy sector, as countries across the world look for ways to continue our existence without ruining the earth in the process. Here are some “green” jobs to consider if you’re interested in working to better the environment.

Climate Consultant: This position involves providing insights to both governmental and non-governmental organizations on how to function in a sustainable way. Requirements for the job generally include climatology and environmental consulting experience.

Environmental Nonprofit Program Director: There’s no shortage of environmental nonprofit organizations, and all of those need directors. As program director, you would be in charge of developing and maintaining programs within the organization’s mission guidelines.

Environmental Engineer: Solving environmental problems requires the collaboration of many intelligent individuals. Those that have experience in engineering or science can help develop actual physical solutions. A bachelor’s degree or higher is generally required for entry-level and up jobs.

Zoo Education Instructor: A more subtle way to work with the environment is to become a zoo education instructor. You’ll get to work with animals and educate children and adults on conservation, wildlife and nature. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree in science or education to pursue this path.

Zoo education
Zoo educators teach adults and children about the environment, wildlife, and conservation.
Image: MTSOfan / Flickr CC

Conservation Technician: To understand and solve environmental issues, we need data—and lots of it. As a conservation technician, you’ll be responsible for anything from gathering and analyzing data, monitoring species, helping with restoration programs, and much more. Some education or experience with science and land management is a must.

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