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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST: From Farm To Office, A Career With Many Workplace Possibilities

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Katie is an environmental scientist who works part-time at home and part-time in the field, farm or ranch. She describes her past experiences studying marine biology, snorkeling abroad, and working as Toyota's environmental manager helping them with compliance and composting.

Degree: Marine Sciences
Job Title: Environmental Scientist

Job Summary: Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Job Description

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Technical skills

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m='17100'>work</span> <span m='17810'>part-time</span> <span m='18910'>from</span> <span m='19100'>home</span> <span m='19650'>and</span> <span m='20040'>part</span> <span m='20360'>time</span> <span m='20610'>in</span> <span m='20690'>the</span> <span m='20760'>field.</span> <span m='21045'>So</span> <span m='21670'>together,</span> <span m='22025'>it's a</span> <span m='22380'>full time</span> <span m='22855'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='23330'>And</span> <span m='23805'>I'm</span> <span m='24280'>split</span> <span m='24690'>between</span> <span m='25210'>two</span> <span m='25410'>different</span> <span m='25940'>counties,</span> <span m='26399'>or</span> <span m='27776'>maybe</span> <span m='28235'>townships--</span> <span m='29153'>that's what</span> <span m='29612'>they call</span> <span m='30071'>them</span> <span m='30530'>somewhere else.</span> <span m='31450'>I</span> <span m='31690'>am</span> <span m='32580'>partly</span> <span m='32960'>behind</span> <span m='33280'>my</span> <span m='33440'>desk</span> <span m='34240'>writing</span> <span m='34520'>reports,</span> <span m='35370'>coordinating</span> <span m='36324'>different</span> <span m='37278'>people.</span> <span m='37755'>And I'm</span> <span m='38232'>also</span> <span m='38710'>out</span> <span m='38980'>in</span> <span m='39140'>the</span> <span m='39240'>field,</span> <span m='39680'>which</span> <span m='39990'>means</span> <span m='40300'>I'll be</span> <span m='40590'>out</span> <span m='40950'>on a</span> <span m='41150'>farm</span> <span m='41500'>or a</span> <span m='41760'>ranch</span> <span m='42180'>or</span> <span m='42600'>even at</span> <span m='43092'>a meeting.</span> </p><p><span m='45060'>Let's</span> <span m='45552'>see,</span> <span m='46044'>number</span> <span m='46536'>two,</span> <span m='47028'>what was</span> <span m='47520'>your</span> <span m='48020'>career</span> <span m='48380'>educational</span> <span m='49030'>path?</span> <span m='50040'>Well,</span> <span m='50370'>I</span> <span m='51210'>went</span> <span m='51870'>to</span> <span m='52758'>undergraduate,</span> <span m='53202'>I</span> <span m='54090'>went</span> <span m='54300'>to</span> <span m='54360'>university</span> <span m='54930'>right</span> <span m='55170'>out</span> <span m='55300'>of</span> <span m='55570'>college</span> <span m='56080'>and</span> <span m='56380'>studied</span> <span m='56810'>integrative</span> <span m='57360'>biology,</span> <span m='58635'>which</span> <span m='59080'>is</span> <span m='59335'>basically</span> <span m='59590'>marine</span> <span m='59880'>biology</span> <span m='60590'>in</span> <span m='61550'>UC</span> <span m='61900'>Berkeley.</span> </p><p><span m='62970'>So</span> <span m='64470'>I</span> <span m='64610'>just</span> <span m='64890'>knew</span> <span m='65120'>that</span> <span m='65890'>the</span> <span m='66270'>coral</span> <span m='66640'>reefs</span> <span m='67040'>might</span> <span m='67240'>be</span> <span m='67350'>going</span> <span m='67650'>away,</span> <span m='68200'>sea</span> <span m='68620'>temperatures</span> <span m='69040'>are</span> <span m='69310'>rising.</span> <span m='69800'>And</span> <span m='70190'>as</span> <span m='70485'>soon as</span> <span m='70780'>I</span> <span m='70900'>heard</span> <span m='71150'>that,</span> <span m='71400'>I</span> <span m='71490'>thought,</span> <span m='71790'>I</span> <span m='71850'>got</span> <span m='72070'>to</span> <span m='72140'>major in</span> <span m='72630'>marine</span> <span m='73003'>science.</span> <span m='73750'>So</span> <span m='74070'>as</span> <span m='74390'>I</span> <span m='74890'>like</span> <span m='75375'>to say,</span> <span m='75860'>I got</span> <span m='76220'>a couple</span> <span m='76510'>A's in</span> <span m='76770'>snorkeling.</span> <span m='77938'>I got</span> <span m='78392'>to go</span> <span m='78846'>to Tahiti</span> <span m='79754'>studying</span> <span m='80208'>abroad.</span> <span m='80662'>I</span> <span m='81116'>went to</span> <span m='81570'>Australia</span> <span m='82090'>studying</span> <span m='82410'>abroad.</span> <span m='82735'>And</span> <span m='85130'>it was</span> <span m='85400'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='85810'>Then</span> <span m='85960'>I</span> <span m='86030'>went</span> <span m='86210'>on</span> <span m='86420'>to</span> <span m='86890'>work</span> <span m='87650'>for</span> <span m='88110'>Toyota,</span> <span m='88890'>actually,</span> <span m='89165'>and</span> <span m='89440'>I</span> <span m='89650'>worked</span> <span m='89990'>as an</span> <span m='90350'>environmental</span> <span m='91020'>manager</span> <span m='91440'>there.</span> <span m='92770'>And</span> <span m='93230'>I</span> <span m='93280'>worked</span> <span m='93700'>with</span> <span m='93950'>the</span> <span m='94050'>compliance</span> <span m='95020'>and</span> <span m='95460'>helping</span> <span m='95800'>them</span> <span m='96110'>get</span> <span m='96420'>all</span> <span m='96908'>their--</span> <span m='97884'>actually,</span> <span m='98372'>started</span> <span m='98860'>a composting</span> <span m='99836'>program</span> <span m='100324'>to compost</span> <span m='100812'>all</span> <span m='101300'>their</span> <span m='101788'>food</span> <span m='102276'>scraps</span> <span m='102764'>and their</span> <span m='103252'>waste</span> <span m='103740'>from</span> <span m='104228'>their</span> <span m='104716'>kitchen,</span> <span m='105204'>because they</span> <span m='105692'>had over</span> <span m='106180'>4,000</span> <span m='106668'>people</span> <span m='107156'>working in</span> <span m='107644'>their</span> <span m='108132'>manufacturing</span> <span m='108620'>facility.</span> </p><p><span m='110100'>So</span> <span m='111090'>after</span> <span m='111400'>that,</span> <span m='111910'>I</span> <span m='112090'>went</span> <span m='113050'>into</span> <span m='113220'>a</span> <span m='113290'>PhD</span> <span m='113750'>program</span> <span m='114450'>at</span> <span m='114990'>UC</span> <span m='115350'>Santa</span> <span m='115823'>Cruz</span> <span m='116296'>and</span> <span m='116770'>went</span> <span m='117170'>to</span> <span m='117560'>study</span> <span m='117650'>ocean</span> <span m='117810'>science.</span> <span m='118810'>And</span> <span m='119240'>then</span> <span m='119560'>after</span> <span m='119820'>a</span> <span m='119870'>couple</span> <span m='120070'>years,</span> <span m='120340'>I</span> <span m='120410'>realized</span> <span m='121160'>that</span> <span m='121513'>maybe</span> <span m='121866'>this</span> <span m='122220'>PhD</span> <span m='122520'>thing</span> <span m='122760'>isn't</span> <span m='123210'>for</span> <span m='123360'>me.</span> <span m='123630'>So</span> <span m='124290'>I</span> <span m='124570'>left</span> <span m='124810'>that</span> <span m='125301'>program,</span> <span m='125792'>and I</span> <span m='126283'>went into</span> <span m='126774'>consulting.</span> </p><p><span m='128250'>So</span> <span m='128820'>what</span> <span m='129130'>do</span> <span m='129440'>you</span> <span m='129610'>wish</span> <span m='129870'>you</span> <span m='129960'>knew</span> <span m='130190'>when</span> <span m='130370'>you</span> <span m='130449'>started</span> <span m='130740'>your</span> <span m='130880'>career?</span> <span m='131410'>Well,</span> <span m='131901'>there's a</span> <span m='132392'>lot I</span> <span m='132883'>wish I</span> <span m='133374'>knew.</span> <span m='135830'>I</span> <span m='135890'>think</span> <span m='136180'>I</span> <span m='136250'>wish</span> <span m='136900'>I</span> <span m='137080'>knew</span> <span m='137400'>what</span> <span m='137560'>the</span> <span m='137650'>difference</span> <span m='138060'>between</span> <span m='138370'>getting</span> <span m='138610'>a</span> <span m='138670'>PhD</span> <span m='139470'>and</span> <span m='139580'>possibly</span> <span m='139960'>getting a</span> <span m='140270'>master's</span> <span m='140600'>was.</span> </p><p><span m='142320'>Also,</span> <span m='144320'>I</span> <span m='144430'>wish</span> <span m='144680'>I</span> <span m='144760'>knew</span> <span m='145240'>sort</span> <span m='145500'>of</span> <span m='145620'>the</span> <span m='145750'>full</span> <span m='146140'>suite</span> <span m='146590'>of</span> <span m='146700'>options</span> <span m='147230'>about</span> <span m='147580'>college.</span> <span m='148150'>There's</span> <span m='148900'>more</span> <span m='149070'>technical</span> <span m='149350'>schools,</span> <span m='149630'>there's</span> <span m='150120'>liberal arts</span> <span m='150610'>schools,</span> <span m='151110'>there's</span> <span m='151410'>trade</span> <span m='151720'>schools.</span> <span m='152135'>There's</span> <span m='152550'>no school</span> <span m='152960'>at all</span> <span m='153370'>if you</span> <span m='153730'>want to</span> <span m='153930'>be</span> <span m='154230'>more of</span> <span m='154730'>an entrepreneur.</span> <span m='155230'>So</span> <span m='155730'>you</span> <span m='156230'>know,</span> <span m='156730'>the system</span> <span m='157230'>seems to</span> <span m='157610'>funnel you</span> <span m='157990'>a</span> <span m='158370'>bit</span> <span m='158848'>into the</span> <span m='159326'>liberal arts</span> <span m='159804'>schools.</span> <span m='160282'>And it would</span> <span m='160760'>be nice</span> <span m='161105'>to</span> <span m='161890'>know</span> <span m='162330'>more</span> <span m='162830'>of what's</span> <span m='163070'>out</span> <span m='163240'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='164005'>Any</span> <span m='164420'>advice,</span> <span m='164570'>suggestions?</span> <span m='164890'>You</span> <span m='165210'>know,</span> <span m='165610'>it</span> <span m='165750'>took</span> <span m='165880'>me</span> <span m='166000'>a</span> <span m='166060'>while</span> <span m='166380'>to kind</span> <span m='166655'>of</span> <span m='166930'>realize</span> <span m='167210'>you</span> <span m='167490'>just</span> <span m='167780'>have</span> <span m='167890'>to</span> <span m='168040'>be</span> <span m='169530'>happy</span> <span m='169920'>doing</span> <span m='170220'>what</span> <span m='170380'>you're</span> <span m='170500'>doing.</span> <span m='171030'>Focus</span> <span m='171370'>on</span> <span m='171480'>yourself,</span> <span m='171855'>and</span> <span m='172230'>don't</span> <span m='172726'>focus on</span> <span m='173222'>what</span> <span m='173718'>other</span> <span m='174214'>people</span> <span m='174710'>are</span> <span m='175206'>doing</span> <span m='175702'>and being</span> <span m='176200'>competitive with</span> <span m='176480'>them.</span> <span m='176760'>And just</span> <span m='177480'>take</span> <span m='177680'>it</span> <span m='177760'>one</span> <span m='178060'>step at</span> <span m='178270'>a</span> <span m='178350'>time,</span> <span m='178810'>and</span> <span m='178920'>eventually</span> <span m='179210'>you'll</span> <span m='179500'>be</span> <span m='180100'>just</span> <span m='180430'>absolutely</span> <span m='180880'>amazed</span> <span m='181145'>at</span> <span m='181410'>what</span> <span m='181580'>you can</span> <span m='181890'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='182680'>So</span> <span m='183690'>don't</span> <span m='184160'>get</span> <span m='184360'>discouraged.</span> <span m='185050'>And</span> <span m='186520'>life</span> <span m='186920'>is just</span> <span m='187060'>solving</span> <span m='187360'>one</span> <span m='187660'>problem after</span> <span m='187960'>another,</span> <span m='188260'>so</span> <span m='188860'>take it</span> <span m='189160'>as a</span> <span m='189460'>challenge.</span> <span m='189760'>And</span> <span m='190060'>have</span> <span m='190360'>fun.</span> 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