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5 Environmental Careers for People That Love the Earth

Ten years ago you’d be hard-pressed to see a job posting for a social media or brand manager. Heck, even five years ago, those positions were sparse. But when an industry flourishes, jobs are created to accommodate the growing need and interest. In 2013, when President Obama announced his commitment to fight climate change, he further ignited the nation’s desire to protect the environment and prevent the eradication of our resources. This added emphasis has given way to a slew of new jobs relating to the environment, and the outlook continues to be bright. Even better: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022 — faster than the average for all occupations.

So, to recognize this growing industry, we’re calling out five awesome jobs that are either new or seeing an exciting resurgence. Time to bust out those sustainably harvested, recycled resumes.

Sustainable Planning Consultant // These days, it’s easier than ever for businesses to implement eco-friendly policies. A sustainable planning consultant both aids the company in going green, as well as brainstorms other environmentally conscious initiatives.

Renewable Energy Manager // With growing accessibility to wind and solar energy, there needs to be someone in charge of developing, maintaining and upgrading the technology. This person also ensures that energy is being used strategically. Plus, according to Forbes, this career has six-figure potential.

Urban Farmer // Go beyond your 4-by-4 gardening plot and consider a career as an urban grower. An urban farmer uses a variety of farming practices to grow fresh fare in metropolitan areas. These farms can have non-profit, restaurant or education affiliations.

Clean Car Engineers // Be responsible for the next Prius! For math and science types, a career as a clean car engineer might be just the way to both combine your love of the earth as well as a commitment to cutting-edge technology.

Green Builders // Cars aren’t the only thing getting an upgrade from the environmentally friendly bunch. Now, homes and buildings are being designed to feature eco-friendly capabilities in addition to being sustainably built. Often, a green builder will work with a team to integrate several green design features.

To get the added experience or academic credentials needed for any of the above positions, a master of science degree in environmental science is significantly valuable. For more information about Villanova’s graduate program in environmental science, click here.