Businesses everywhere recognize their responsibility as global citizens to safeguard and conserve the earth’s resources for current and future generations. This goal is prevalent in a variety of industries relating to natural science, engineering, and architecture. Qualified people who want to follow an environmentally friendly career path have plenty of options, and here are a few of the top eco-friendly occupations around.
People who choose urban planning careers are responsible for developing efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and eco-friendly communities. Industrialization has a significant impact on the environment, and some urban planners aid decision makers on policies for business development and zoning within communities. Other urban planners help design efficient transportation routes and suggest well-researched, fuel conserving options for public transportation vehicles.
Every little eco-friendly achievement counts, and this is especially true for small, organic farmers. While big, industrialized farming operations own large portions of land that they spray with chemical pesticides and fertilizers, it appears that the field of agriculture is losing its battle for environmental awareness. However, the market demand from an educated public for cleaner produce prompted farmers to establish several small, organic farms at home and abroad. The more small, organic farms that are established, the less land is available for those wishing to spray harmful chemicals everywhere.
One of the main concerns of marine biology is safeguarding the environment in which marine animals live. Marine biologists know that marine animal lives, their own livelihoods, and often entire regional eco-systems depend on water quality. These scientists are typically the first to recognize an environmental hazard that impacts area wildlife, and they lead the way for environmental clean up efforts of rivers, lakes, and streams.
Management Information Systems
This career might not seem like it has the opportunity to be eco-friendly, but having a degree in Management Information Systems are both lucrative and environmentally friendly. Jobs within this career field experience some of the highest growth rates in the job market, and the demand for information technology professionals is expected to keeping growing well into the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. People working in this occupation have plenty of opportunities to help the companies that they support become more environmentally responsible. For example, management information systems professionals play a significant role in migrating traditional offices to more paperless, automated business environments.
Just as the marine biologist has their fingers on the pulse of the aquatic marine environment to safeguard it, the forest ranger does the same on land. Forest rangers are usually employed with the state and national park organizations, and they are trained to identify and mitigate risks to the health and welfare of the park’s flora, fauna, and human visitors.
Exploring exciting and challenging career options like those described above causes people to realize that they do not need to leave their environmental conscience at home when looking for employment. Whether one prefers to work in a modern office space or in the great outdoors, environmentally friendly positions exist for those who qualify.
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