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CLIMATE SCIENTIST: Studying The Seasonal Snow Pack

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Kat, a Postdoctoral Fellow, is studying how the snow pack on mountains forms and melts and how that affects water supply. While working as an Environmental Engineer she realized she really wanted to be a science researcher and decided to go back to school. Her advice: take the time to choose something you're really interested in and don't be afraid to try different things until you find it.

School: Monash University - University of New South Wales - Monash University - University of New South Wales
Degree: Environmental Engineering
Job Title: NASA Postdoctoral Fellow
Employer: NASA Center Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Job Summary: Environmental Engineers

Job Description

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution.

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Additional Info

At some colleges and universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master's degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some colleges and universities or to do research and development.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$50,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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<span m='13030'>mountains,</span> <span m='14020'>and</span> <span m='14220'>then</span> <span m='14520'>how</span> <span m='14680'>they</span> <span m='14820'>form</span> <span m='15280'>and</span> <span m='15540'>then how</span> <span m='15660'>they</span> <span m='15780'>melt.</span> <span m='16600'>And</span> <span m='17020'>when</span> <span m='17200'>they</span> <span m='17330'>melt,</span> <span m='17840'>how</span> <span m='17960'>much</span> <span m='18120'>water</span> <span m='18390'>that</span> <span m='18540'>we</span> <span m='18740'>get</span> <span m='18980'>from</span> <span m='19140'>those,</span> <span m='19460'>and</span> <span m='19550'>how</span> <span m='19660'>they</span> <span m='19780'>can</span> <span m='20710'>look</span> <span m='20890'>at</span> <span m='20970'>that</span> <span m='21140'>in</span> <span m='21270'>our dams</span> <span m='21780'>and</span> <span m='21920'>our</span> <span m='22120'>water</span> <span m='22160'>supply.</span> </p><p><span m='23200'>And</span> <span m='23330'>so</span> <span m='23420'>my</span> <span m='23520'>current</span> <span m='24650'>typical</span> <span m='25040'>day</span> <span m='25420'>is</span> <span m='25710'>actually,</span> <span m='26050'>I</span> <span m='26160'>just</span> <span m='26340'>work</span> <span m='26540'>in</span> <span m='26600'>the</span> <span m='26720'>office.</span> <span m='26970'>So</span> <span m='28080'>I</span> <span m='28190'>don't</span> <span m='28260'>get</span> <span m='28490'>to</span> <span m='28560'>go</span> <span m='28910'>up</span> <span m='29090'>into</span> <span m='29260'>the</span> <span m='29370'>snow</span> <span m='29570'>fields</span> <span m='29940'>and</span> <span m='30050'>measure</span> <span m='30270'>things</span> <span m='30530'>yet.</span> <span m='31890'>I</span> <span m='32080'>will</span> <span m='32259'>be</span> <span m='32350'>doing</span> <span m='32630'>that</span> <span m='32680'>later.</span> <span m='33100'>But</span> <span m='33720'>at</span> <span m='33890'>the</span> <span m='33960'>moment,</span> <span m='34230'>I</span> <span m='34340'>sit in</span> <span m='34610'>front of</span> <span m='34770'>a</span> <span m='34860'>computer</span> <span m='35420'>and</span> <span m='35660'>I</span> <span m='35820'>do</span> <span m='36070'>a</span> <span m='36120'>lot</span> <span m='36290'>of</span> <span m='36520'>computer</span> <span m='36920'>modeling</span> <span m='37520'>and</span> <span m='37950'>looking</span> <span m='38230'>at</span> <span m='38320'>the</span> <span m='38400'>data.</span> </p><p><span m='39470'>Well,</span> <span m='39900'>I</span> <span m='40040'>started</span> <span m='40330'>off--</span> <span m='40420'>I</span> <span m='40740'>did</span> <span m='41030'>a</span> <span m='41530'>bachelor</span> <span m='42030'>of</span> <span m='42100'>engineering</span> <span m='43370'>and</span> <span m='43860'>environmental</span> <span m='44450'>engineering.</span> <span m='45040'>And</span> <span m='45210'>I</span> <span m='45280'>worked</span> <span m='45640'>in</span> <span m='45780'>the</span> <span m='47330'>environmental</span> <span m='47750'>sector</span> <span m='48180'>for</span> <span m='48280'>a</span> <span m='48340'>while,</span> <span m='48630'>in the</span> <span m='48750'>industry.</span> <span m='49370'>And</span> <span m='49700'>then</span> <span m='49840'>I</span> <span m='49920'>realized</span> <span m='50310'>I</span> <span m='50360'>actually</span> <span m='50640'>wanted</span> <span m='50860'>to</span> <span m='50920'>be</span> <span m='51060'>a science</span> <span m='51440'>researcher,</span> <span m='52070'>so</span> <span m='52260'>I</span> <span m='53480'>went</span> <span m='53700'>back</span> <span m='53890'>to</span> <span m='54010'>school</span> <span m='54420'>and</span> <span m='54540'>did</span> <span m='54680'>a</span> <span m='54740'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='55570'>And</span> <span m='56390'>here</span> <span m='56710'>I</span> <span m='56910'>am.</span> </p><p><span m='57520'>It</span> <span m='57610'>doesn't</span> <span m='57950'>stop.</span> <span m='58260'>It's</span> <span m='58400'>an</span> <span m='58500'>all-time</span> <span m='58990'>job.</span> <span m='59390'>So</span> <span m='60020'>you're</span> <span m='60130'>constantly</span> <span m='60620'>thinking</span> <span m='60920'>about</span> <span m='61130'>questions</span> <span m='61860'>and</span> <span m='62110'>trying to</span> <span m='62415'>answer them.</span> <span m='62720'>And</span> <span m='62970'>because</span> <span m='63320'>you're so</span> <span m='63450'>passionate</span> <span m='63890'>about</span> <span m='64180'>it,</span> <span m='64349'>you</span> <span m='64500'>want</span> <span m='64700'>to</span> <span m='64769'>work</span> <span m='65050'>all</span> <span m='65209'>the</span> <span m='65290'>time.</span> <span m='65700'>So</span> <span m='66350'>I</span> <span m='66480'>didn't</span> <span m='66750'>know</span> <span 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