Environmental Monitoring and Research

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Environmental quality and monitoring involve taking samples of the environment to make observations, measure an activity's impact on the environment, and determine health and safety issues.

"We gave birth to a conversation that people would recognize as their own," says environmental justice grassroots member Vernice Miller-Travis.

Professions in environmental quality and monitoring play a diverse and vital role in protecting both the environment and people's health.

What should I study?

Many entry-level positions ask for an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree. Some specialized careers may also require certifications, licenses, and hands-on experience. Lab experience may also be helpful preparation for this field.

Educational background may include classes or a degree in:

  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental studies
  • Public policy or planning
  • Project management
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • Climate Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Botany
  • Resource Ecology
  • Landscape Architecture or Environmental Engineering 

Where can I find a career in environmental quality and monitoring?

  • Federal and local government agencies
  • State departments
  • Research laboratories and universities
  • Law firms
  • Non-profit organizations

Position titles and career specializations might include, but are not limited to:

  • Habitat & Stewardship Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Inventory and Monitoring Specialist
  • Environmental Specialist or Consultant
  • Wetland Scientist
  • Environmental Quality Analyst
  • Environmental Justice
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Environmental Health
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Waste Management

What are some other ways to gain experience?

Gaining fieldwork experience is an important step, but earning a postgraduate degree will provide project experience and skills development to advance one's career.

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