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Going “green”: Environmental jobs for scientists and engineers

Some scientists and engineers use their expertise to focus on issues affecting our environment. Learn more about these “green” workers and the ways they try to find solutions to the problems that they study.

It’s hard to avoid the word “green” these days. From policies to programs, it seems that green is cool—and red hot.

Scientists and engineers have long had important roles in the environmental movement. Their expertise is focused on a variety of issues, including increasing energy efficiency, improving air and water quality, and sustaining natural resources. And, with interest in such projects growing, there should be additional opportunities for these scientists and engineers in the future.

This article describes the job duties, employment, outlook, wages, and training requirements for conservation scientists, environmental engineers, environmental scientists, and hydrologists. Suggestions for finding more information on these topics begin on page 9.

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Last Updated: September 09, 2009