Careers in the field of environment

The increasing awareness of the effects of the modern day lifestyle on the environment and the resultant scope for those interested in an environment related career has led to a growing interest among students in pursuing careers in this field. This in turn has encouraged a number of colleges to introduce various environment related programs.

Opportunities in the field of environment are vast, not only for environmental scientists but also for environmental biologists, engineers, modelers, as well as journalists. The environment concerns us at all times. Thus, a career related to the environment has immense practical relevance.

Apart from the basic qualification that each field requires, one must have immense passion for the environment in order to pursue any career related to this field.

Environmental scientists are in great demand in major industries. Their job involves maintenance of the ecological balance, biodiversity, wasteland management, and the preservation of natural resources. An environmental scientist aims at environmental conservation by applying scientific principles to varied kinds of work. He/she comes up with various theories to curb pollution, regenerate species of flora and fauna and suggest eco-friendly and green alternatives as against conventional methods for various purposes. Environmental scientists are the brains behind eco-friendly inventions such as cycle run water pumps or any apparatus run on solar energy. Most industries have a separate environmental research and developmental section, which studies the impact of their industry on the environment. Environmental scientists are also employed by mines, fertilizer plants, textiles and dying industry, food processing units etc., One needs to acquire a Master’s in Environmental Science or an ME in Environmental and Chemical Engineering in order to pursue this career.

Environmental engineers utilize elements of engineering to improve the environment. They conceive plans to control pollution, manage and treat waste, and also make lands and water habitable for living organisms. They conduct Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) with the assistance of environmental consultants, before any major project is undertaken. About the skills needed to succeed in this field. Apart from being well versed with the basics of civil engineering one needs to have an aptitude for environmental designing as well. The environmental engineering course is similar to other engineering courses, but is offered by very few engineering institutes. Aspirants should have technical knowledge and should also be aware of current issues and recent legislations and developments in the environment sector. With green buildings and similar eco-friendly inventions coming up, the demand for environmental engineers is expected to soar in the near future. An ME in Environmental and Chemical Engineering is the ideal qualification for those aspiring to become environmental engineers.

With the increasing consciousness about the environment among the public, reporting on environmental issues is on the rise. However, the environment beat is almost non-existent in most papers in India. As citizens look for more news related to the environment, the scope to disseminate awareness on these issues is widening in the newer forms of media such as online media. Aspirants could pursuer a PG Diploma in Environment and Ecology along with the regular diploma/degree in journalism.

Environmental consultant:

Environmental consultants can either work independently or with central and state pollution control boards… Independent consultants offer advice related to the environment. They also direct concerned industries looking for advice on environmental laws to lawyers specializing in this field. Consultants working with the government pollution control boards are involved in policy making, controlling pollution and maintaining ecological balance. Environmental consultants identify the pros and cons of major schemes or undertakings and their subsequent impact on the environment. Environmental consultants are required to be logical thinkers and possess a certain level of multidisciplinary knowledge in different fields of scientific and environmental jurisprudence. They should be abreast of the latest information and trends in environment and related fields.–