Earth-Friendly Jobs


An environmental scientist takes notes in a greenhouse.
There are many jobs for people who like working outdoors and taking care of the planet.

 

Here at the Department of Labor, we track jobs, including jobs that take care of our planet. If you love the great outdoors, here are six career paths to consider:

Atmospheric Scientists, Including Meteorologists

What they do: Study the weather and climate, and how those conditions affect human activity and the earth in general.

  • 2016 median pay: $92,460
  • Typical entry-level education: bachelor’s degree
  • Number of jobs 2014: 11,800
  • Projected growth 2014-24: 9 percent

Environmental Scientists and Specialists

What they do: Protect the environment and human health by cleaning up polluted areas, advising policymakers, or working with industry to reduce waste.

  • 2016 median pay: $68,910
  • Typical entry-level education: bachelor’s degree
  • Number of jobs 2014: 94,600
  • Projected growth 2014-24: 11 percent

Geoscientists

What they do: Study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition and structure, to learn about its past, present and future.

  • 2016 median pay: $89,780
  • Typical entry-level education: bachelor’s degree
  • Number of jobs 2014: 36,400
  • Projected growth 2014-24: 10 percent

Hydrologists

What they do: Study how water moves across and through the Earth’s crust, and solve water quality or availability problems.

  • 2016 median pay: $80,480
  • Typical entry-level education: bachelor’s degree
  • Number of jobs 2014: 7,000
  • Projected growth 2014-24: 7 percent

Environmental engineering technicians

What they do: Carry out plans that environmental engineers develop to prevent or clean up environmental pollution.

  • 2016 median pay: $49,170
  • Typical entry-level education: associate’s degree
  • Number of jobs 2014: 18,600
  • Projected growth 2014-24: 10 percent

Forest and conservation workers

What they do: Measure and improve the quality of forests under the supervision of foresters.

  • 2016 median pay: $26,940
  • Typical entry-level education: high school diploma or equivalent
  • Number of jobs 2014: 14,000
  • Projected growth 2014-24: 4 percent

For a larger list of new and emerging earth-friendly jobs, visit our O*Net Resource Center online. You can also explore hundreds of occupations using the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

David Terkanian is a supervisor in the BLS Occupational Employment Projections Division.


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