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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