2. Environmental science

This page will help you to look at a range of careers relating to environmental science. Each job type gives example work areas, the knowledge and skills required and – importantly – why they are needed.


Example work areas Knowledge/skills required Why?
Environment Agency geoscientist

environmental monitoring, pollution control, groundwater quality, waste disposal, mineral abstraction policy ecosystems, analytical chemistry, hydrology, monitoring technologies To formulate, monitor and enforce environmental policies
Oceanographer marine ecosystems, ocean currents, chemical composition of sea water, ocean floor movements marine biology, fluid flow, chemical analysis, geology, plate tectonics To understand man’s effects on the oceans, and the oceans’ influences on the World
Waste disposal manager manufacturing, refuse disposal, recycling materials handling, identification and sorting, hazardous materials, economics, recycling technology To organise maximum material re-use, and minimum waste and environmental damage
Landscape gardener

garden design, maintenance, restoration plant biology, botany, pest and weed control, environmental science, materials science, hydraulics To ensure healthy plants in suitable environments, including water features and use of appropriate weather-resistant materials
Forester Forestry Commission, private estates tree care, propagation, recognition of species, woodland ecology, use and maintenance of equipment To ensure long-term supply of suitable trees /timber
Countryside ranger National Parks, other public-access land ecology, animal and plant biology, conservation, properties of exposed materials To preserve natural environments despite public access


Will one of these careers be in your future?


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