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Career focus: Environmental science

Are you concerned about the environment? If yes, then a career in Environmental Science is for you.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 13:24 IST
Swaha Sahoo
Swaha Sahoo

Are you concerned about the environment? Do you often wish you could bring errant industries to book for harming the environment? If yes, then a career in Environmental Science is for you.

Careers in this field have increased in direct proportion with industrialisation and urbanisation. Most countries today face environmental threats and are working to fight against pollution and saving wildlife habitats and forests.

Environment as a subject encompasses the study of basic and applied sciences, socio-economics, ethics and law.

What you need:
A science background, a passion for saving the environment, good communication skills.

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Diploma in Environment,

Rajasthan University, Jaipur

PG diploma in Environmental

Science, University of Cochin

PG diploma in Environmental

Science, Andhra University

Diploma in Industrial Pollution,

Garware Institute of Technology, Mumbai

Masters in Environmental

Engineering, Delhi College of

Engineering, Delhi

Educational Qualification:

This largely depends on the area of work one picks within this sector. Environment-related education could be covered through different disciplines.

Graduate and postgraduate courses in environmental studies can be pursued after 10+2 with Science.

There are institutes that offer specialised courses — Environment Technology; engineering and research facilities at post-graduate levels.

Career growth:
You can start as a trainee at an organisation or Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). As you gain experience, you could specialise in a particular aspect of Environmental Science like water pollution or air pollution.

With the government as well as international pressure on companies to tow the line, Multi-National companies (MNCs) as well as domestic companies are hiring experts on environmental science as advisors.

International companies are always on the lookout for experts in such fields. You can even join or form your own organisation to fight for the cause.

At the trainee level, you can expect a salary of around Rs 8,000 or more, depending on the company or organisation.Like any other profession, your pay scale will increase with experience. Here’s to a greener planet!

First Published: Oct 07, 2006 13:24 IST