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34 Careers for the Environmentally Conscious

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Bobbi Peterson is a green living advocate and environmentalist. She’s also a freelance writer and sustainability blogger at Living Life Green.  You can find more from Bobbi on Twitter.

You’re the type of person who likes to make a difference. The kind of person who wanted to be a superhero when you were little just so you could save the world. You care for the earth and your impact on it. You were born to have a green career!

The word “green” isn’t just a buzzword. It’s now almost an entire job category, and there’s plenty of professional opportunities to choose from. Here are 34 unique green jobs that will fuel your love for the environment secure your future career.


Hydrologist

Education: Bachelor’s degree, graduate degree in natural sciences, hydrology concentrations within the engineering, geosciences, or earth sciences
Average Salary (from Payscale):  $62, 261
Demand: Projected to grow 7% over the next 10 years (2014)

Environmental Engineer

Education: Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or related field. Co-op engineering program experience is a plus.
Average Salary (from Payscale): $62,679
Demand: Projected to grow 15% over the next 10 years (2012)


Pest Control Technician

Education: High school diploma/equivalent with training
Average Salary (from Payscale): $31,774
Demand: Projected to grow 20% over 10 years (2012)

Conservation Biologist

Education: Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D.
Average Salary (from Indeed): $58,000
Demand: Projected to grow 7% over the next 10 years (2014)

Science Teacher

Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
Average Salary (from Indeed): $51,000
Demand: Projected to grow 6% over the next 10 years (2014)

Toxicologist

Education: Bachelor’s at minimum; graduate degree
Average Salary (from Payscale): $79,933
Demand: Projected to grow 13% over the next 10 years (2012)

Pollution Control Technician

Education: Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary (from Chron): $52,510
Demand: Projected to grow 10% over the next 10 years (2014)

Fundraising Director

Education: Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary (from Payscale): $74,000
Demand: Projected to grow 7% over the next 10 years

Ecologist

Education: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree with fieldwork experience
Average Salary (from Payscale): $52,210
Demand: Projected to grow 11% over the next 10 years (2014)

Camp Counselor

Education: no specific requirements, but CPR and First Aid certification recommended
Average Salary (from Glassdoor): $18,560
Demand: Projected to grow 10% over the next 10 years (2014)

Business Manager

Education: Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary (from Payscale): $57,683
Demand: Projected to grow 8% over the next 10 years (2014)

Economist

Education: Master’s/Ph.D.
Average Salary (from Payscale): $74,447
Demand: Projected to grow 14% over 10 years (2012)

Forester

Education: Bachelor’s degree, training, exam
Average Salary (from Payscale): $47,548
Demand: Projected to grow 3% over 10 years (2012)

Environmental Attorney

Education: Bachelor’s degree, law school, apprenticeship,
Average Salary (from EnvironmentalScience.org): $113,530
Demand: Projected to grow 6% over the next 10 years (2014)

Community Affairs Manager

 Education: Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary (from Payscale): $60,204
Demand: Projected to grow 6% over the next 10 years (2014)

Environmental Health and Safety Technician

Education: Bachelor’s degree, certification, internship
Average Salary (from Payscale): $77,946
Demand: Projected to grow 6% over the next 10 years (2014)

Landscape Architect

Education: Bachelor’s degree, graduate school
Average Salary (from Payscale):  $53,394
Demand: Projected to grow 14% over the next 10 years (2012)

Waste Disposal Manager

Education: Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of field experience
Average Salary (from Indeed): $61,000
Demand: Projected to grow 8% over the next 10 years (2014)

Environmental Chemist

Education: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree
Average Salary (from Glassdoor): $49,880
Demand: Projected to grow 3% over the next 10 years (2014)

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

Education: Associate’s degree
Average Salary (from BLS): $43,030
Demand: Projected to grow 9% over next 10 years (2014)

Urban and Regional Planner

Education: Master’s Degree
Average Salary (from Payscale): $52,410
Demand: Projected to grow 10% over 10 years (2012)

Agricultural Inspector

Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Average Salary (from Learn.org): $43,600
Demand: Projected to fall 6% over the next 10 years (2014), but there are still good job opportunities overall

Wastewater Water Operator

Education: High school diploma or equivalent, some training
Average Salary (from BLS): $44,790
Demand: Projected to grow 6% over the next 10 years (2014)

Wildlife Biologist

Education: Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D.
Average Salary (from Payscale): $50,000
Demand: Projected to grow 5% over 10 years (2012)

Air Quality Engineer

Education: Bachelor’s degree, graduate school
Average Salary (from Payscale): $65,000
Demand: Expected to grow 15% faster than all other occupations in 10 years

Organic Farmer

Education: Farming experience, some college, certification
Average Salary (from Payscale): $65,000
Demand: Projected to decline 2% over the next 10 years (2014)

Renewable Energy Engineer

Education: Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary (from Payscale): $65,000
Demand: N/A

Green Investment Advisor

Education: Bachelor’s/Master’s degree and certification
Average Salary (from Payscale): $65,000
Demand: Projected to grow 30% over the next 10 years (2014)

Landscaper

Education: Associate’s degree or certification
Average Salary (from BLS): $63,810
Demand: Projected to grow 5% over the next 10 years (2014)

Recycler

Education: no specific requirements to a Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary (from Payscale): $44,000
Demand: N/A

Solar Cell Technician

Education: Bachelor’s degree
Average Salary (from EnvironmentalScience.org): $82,000
Demand: Projected to grow 24% over the next 10 years (2014)

Biofueler

Education: Master’s degree
Average Salary (from Chron): $63,530
Demand: N/A

Green Automobile Engineer

Education: Bachelor’s degree, internship, joining a professional association
Average Salary (from Glassdoor): $64,944
Demand: Projected to grow 5% over the next 10 years (2012)

Climatologist

Education: Bachelor’s degree/Ph.D.
Average Salary (from EnvironmentalScience.org): $89,260
Demand: Projected to grow 9% over the next 10 years (2014)

There are so many opportunities for you to show off your passion for the environment. No matter how different your interests may seem, a green career can combine all of them seamlessly. Make a name for yourself and go green!

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.


1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.


3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.


Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.


We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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