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Careers in Environmental Biology

Postby alextemplet » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:56 pm

My apologies if this topic has already been posted, and I may be jumping the gun a bit here seeing as I'm only just about to restart school and I still have two and a half years until my degree, but I just felt like posting a serious topic rather than the usual off-topic nonsense.

So I'm going to be majoring in environmental biology, and I've been thinking about what to do as a career in that field. Graduate school is high on my list of ideas, and I would like to pursue a doctorate. As for work, I would especially love to work in conversation; I don't think anyone's going to say there isn't plenty of work to be found in that field! And it is also a field that has great potential to make the world a better place, so much the better.

Does anyone have any ideas of what sort of work I could expect?
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Postby alextemplet » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:02 am

Indeed, thou art too kind. :)
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Postby Darwin420 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:33 am

Interesting. I am in an Environmental and Resource Management program right now and I am switching to a double major in enviro and resource and biology. So yes, essentially what you are doing. You should expect jobs in the governmental field (a lot of enviro jobs are funded by them). You would probably, like that link also indicates, get an environmental consultant job and do water tests, soils etc. You could be a reasearcher, etc. The thing to know is that there are plenty of job opportunities and you will be doing work for the well being of future progeny (I hope).

Good thing you are going into science, that is why I am switching from enviro and resource to enviro and BIO. When doing an enviro degree it is good to also get a good foundation of business or science. Just taking pure enviro studies teaches you how to bitch and complain but not really learn any good skills. Like ya, I will admit it increases your analytical skills and debating skills, but have a back bone (i.e. business or science) makes the combination a great degree.
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Postby mcar » Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:23 am

You are right that there are lots of potentials to make the world a better place. If I am to compare this field with other biological fields, this encompasses most important issues and concerns which are to be given the utmost priority since we are living in this single planet which has already been through many changes majority of which were due to human impacts. Besides that there are really lots of work to be found here, our planet really needs those who are advocate enough to make the visions of maintaining sustainability at any level in reality.

It is actually a great challenge for everyone who are willing to live most of their life to promote balance and stewardship in every natural resources. Many nations continue to strive more to provide citizens their best possible needs. However, despite technological advancemets--the quality of life gets worser in every second.

Check EnvironmentalCAREER.com
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Postby alextemplet » Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:28 pm

I'm glad everyone's as excited as I am about this! I certainly agree that enviro is a very purposeful field, which makes me wonder why Nicholls State is the only university around here that offers an enviro degree. No big deal of course, since that means I get to move back to my home town for two years! I'll probably be coming back to Baton Rouge after I graduate to pursue a doctorate at Louisiana State University. So it's an exciting future to look forward to!
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:47 pm

Hey Alex, we're starting college in the same time :D
I'm also starting college in the States next fall
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Postby AstusAleator » Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:08 am

Looks like I missed this thread, way back when. It's good to see you're choosing such a good field of study Alex ;).
I have my B.S. in Env. Studies: Conservation Biology, and I've been working for the Federal government. Last season I worked as a Range Technician, dealing with cattle grazing on public lands. This season I'm working as a Botany Technician, dealing with TnE plant species. Working seasonally has been nice, in that I've had time to get a good look at my career possibilities while building professional relationships and networking.
Anyway, if you're interested in government work, check out http://www.USAJOBS.gov

One particularly enticing aspect of government work while you're still in school is that you can try to set up a SCEP (Student Career Experience Program) in which you'll work for the feds seasonally, and have a permanent job waiting for you when you graduate. Oh, and they pay for your school :).
I'm looking into going back for a masters under the SCEP program.
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Postby alextemplet » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:02 pm

MrMistery wrote:Hey Alex, we're starting college in the same time :D
I'm also starting college in the States next fall


Beat you to it! I'm starting this summer on 5 June. :wink:
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Postby MichaelXY » Sun May 04, 2008 3:09 am

I also found this link for the GS pay scale. The pay seems low in comparison to the industry sector. http://www.opm.gov/oca/08tables/pdf/gs_h.pdf

I did not see how many years of obligation would be required for school funding. I think I am disqualfied from participating since I am still in a Junior college. From what I read, you must be enrolled in a University. I guess I can look into it after I transfer to UCSD.
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Postby MrMistery » Sun May 04, 2008 5:53 pm

alextemplet wrote:
MrMistery wrote:Hey Alex, we're starting college in the same time :D
I'm also starting college in the States next fall


Beat you to it! I'm starting this summer on 5 June. :wink:


Really? That is strange. All the colleges I got into started their year in September or late August.
But then again, I am not that much of an expert in school in the US.
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