A career in environmental science gives you the opportunity to study the world around us and how human activity impacts on it.
What is Environmental Science?
Environmental science is the study of the relationship between organisms and their environment. It combines aspects of chemistry, biology and physics that are particularly relevant to studying the local environment.
In particular, this area of science focuses on the impact of civilisation on our environment and the development of sustainable solutions into the future.
What do environmental scientists actually do?
These green detectives investigate air, noise, water and soil pollution.
Environmental scientists measure, record and monitor the environment using a mix of many disciplines including biology, chemistry, geology, hydrology, meteorology and physics. They conduct field work to assess sites and collect samples as well as conducting laboratory experiments to analyse the samples they have collected.
Environmental scientists can assist with the development of environmental policies and they work with industry and the community to share their knowledge and encourage integrated solutions to environmental problems.
Where do environmental scientists work?
Environmental scientists often have complex work environments, you could work in:
- the field (site analysis and sample collection),
- mining companies (planning, testing, site rehabilitation),
- government authorities,
- educational institutions, and
- office environments (policy development).
Many graduates work for environmental consultancies where they assist organisations to tackle environmental problems.
What type of person do I need to be?
A career in environmental science may be for you, if you:
- are passionate about the environment,
- have good problem-solving skills,
- possess strong communication skills,
- have an ability to work as a part of a team, and
- love nature and the outdoors.