Environment and Sustainability

Are you interested in a career that will help the environment and create a more sustainable world? If so, you may be interested in a green career, one that contributes to a more sustainable world and includes areas such as energy conservation, protecting and restoring ecosystems, limiting greenhouse emissions, and minimizing waste and pollution through things such as recycling and composting.

Careers can be found in many different sectors including education, energy, government, and transportation and cover a broad range of skills including communication, education, research and analysis, advocacy, and relationship building.

Possible Career Paths

  • Air quality engineer
  • Arborist
  • Campaign organizer
  • Conservation manager
  • Ecotourism manager
  • Environmental economist
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental lawyer
  • Farmer’s market manager
  • Field instructor
  • Forester/forestry technician
  • GIS analyst
  • Grant writer
  • Marine biologist
  • Outdoor guide
  • Park ranger
  • Recycling coordinator
  • Soil scientist
  • Solid waste management specialist
  • Sustainability manager
  • Urban planner
  • Water resource/conservation specialists
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Wind energy operations

Although these lists encompass some occupations in the cluster, this is just a sample. Be sure to keep an open mind and dig deeper into the other careers that play a part in these industries. It is helpful to dive into the skills used within each role to see which area complements your own.

Internships and Research Opportunities

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