Environmental degrees are all the rage these days. From global warming to global cooling, nobody is really sure what is going on out there with the climate. What we do know, however, is that we need to take care of this spinning sphere we call Earth. Even small changes magnified throughout the world can cause drastic and radical change to life as we know it here on our homey little planet. These environmental jobs are going to help shape climate policy and education for decades to come.
What Are The Best Environmental/Earth Science Degrees?
There are a lot of options when looking at degrees in Environmental and Earth Science. Colleges offer associate degrees with varied lengths to complete, bachelor’s degrees, and masters degrees as well as Ph.D’s and several certifications as well as other options. A few great schools to consider are:
- Northland College – Ashland, WI
- SUNY-ESF – Syracuse, NY
- Middleberry College
- Cornell University
- Duke University
Within this group of schools, you have experience ranging from the 1970’s to the current and latest technologies as well as theory. A few of these schools are very well known – Duke and Cornell – as well as other schools that have successful niches on this subject. As Ivy League powerhouses get on board, Environmental Science is an area of science that will explode and become more and more popular as time goes on.
Do I Need An Environmental Science Degree To Make A Difference?
No! Many jobs are directly or indirectly related to climate change and protecting the environment. Thousands of government jobs are specifically designed to help police climate policy as well as the numerous legislators and other officials that help draft the policy. As an every day citizen, it is your duty to be up-to-date on these issues as well. Voting based on environmental issues is also a good way to help affect change.
Outside of the civic duty of voting or becoming a representative, jobs such as environmental lawyers and paralegals help further define the laws through trials and injunctions. (reference: http://ampulse.com/what-does-a-paralegal-do/)
Getting the Ph.D and continuing on to teach the next generation of environmental scientists is another option. Teaching is rewarding in and of itself, and even moreso when teaching on a matter that is as important as climate change.
The world needs our help to stay healthy for the rest of time. We mere humans can all pitch in and do our part to help her be as healthy as she can be for our children, grandchildren, and their grandchildren. Each person, working together and in unison, could easily change the course of this world in as little as one generation if we all just pitched in.
The EPA states:
Climate change refers to any significant change in the measures of climate lasting for an extended period of time. In other words, climate change includes major changes in temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns, among others, that occur over several decades or longer.
It took several decades to realize the effects of the way in which we live, now let’s get it turned around just as quickly.
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