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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST, IN-DEPTH: Key Decision Was Getting Serious About School

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Katie, the Environmental Scientist, talks further about what she likes/dislikes most about her job, the key decisions that led her here, how difficult it is to get a job in her field, and her work/life balance. If you're resourceful and can write, you can create your own job in this industry.

Degree: Maritime Studies
Job Title: Environmental Scientist
Employer: Government Agency

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='12877'>community</span> <span m='13364'>and</span> <span m='13851'>educating</span> <span m='14338'>people.</span> <span m='17747'>I work for a</span> <span m='18234'>non-regulatory</span> <span m='20182'>government</span> <span m='20669'>agency,</span> <span m='21156'>and</span> <span m='21643'>we're a</span> <span m='22130'>special</span> <span m='22617'>district.</span> <span m='23110'>So</span> <span m='23310'>we</span> <span m='23430'>have</span> <span m='23580'>this</span> <span m='23740'>unique</span> <span m='24060'>position</span> <span m='24620'>where</span> <span m='25420'>we're</span> <span m='25610'>sort</span> <span m='25840'>of</span> <span m='25970'>this</span> <span m='26270'>trusted</span> <span m='26860'>confidant,</span> <span m='27580'>and</span> <span m='27680'>we're</span> <span m='27830'>the</span> <span m='27940'>good</span> <span m='28160'>guys</span> <span m='28560'>that</span> <span m='28850'>can come</span> <span m='29100'>in</span> <span m='29720'>and</span> <span m='29880'>help</span> <span m='30170'>you</span> <span m='30330'>before</span> <span m='30690'>the</span> <span m='30790'>regulators</span> <span m='31460'>come</span> <span m='31790'>and</span> <span m='31860'>try</span> <span m='32070'>to</span> <span m='32159'>fine</span> <span m='32569'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='32980'>So</span> <span m='33270'>it's</span> <span m='33740'>fun to</span> <span m='33940'>be the</span> <span m='34010'>good</span> <span m='34430'>guys,</span> <span m='35210'>and</span> <span m='35540'>I</span> <span m='35620'>like</span> <span m='35950'>the</span> <span m='36140'>flexibility.</span> <span m='36490'>I</span> <span m='36840'>get to</span> <span m='37180'>work</span> <span m='37560'>at home</span> <span m='38000'>part of the time,</span> <span m='39760'>and</span> <span m='41750'>if</span> <span m='42150'>I</span> <span m='42210'>need</span> <span m='42390'>to</span> <span m='42460'>do</span> <span m='42590'>something</span> <span m='42940'>during</span> <span m='43150'>the</span> <span m='43260'>day</span> <span m='43570'>that's</span> <span m='43760'>personal,</span> <span m='44160'>I</span> <span m='44310'>can</span> <span m='44590'>do</span> <span m='44750'>that,</span> <span m='45060'>and</span> <span m='45370'>as</span> <span m='45750'>long as</span> <span m='46000'>I</span> <span m='46090'>get</span> <span m='46260'>my</span> <span m='46390'>work</span> <span m='46640'>done,</span> <span m='46990'>it's OK.</span> <span m='47410'>So the</span> <span m='47640'>flexibility</span> <span m='48330'>is</span> <span m='48510'>great,</span> <span m='49280'>especially</span> <span m='49820'>if</span> <span m='50260'>you're</span> <span m='50470'>going to have a</span> <span m='50650'>family,</span> <span m='51240'>or</span> <span m='52126'>if you</span> <span m='52552'>have to</span> <span m='52980'>move</span> <span m='53250'>at</span> <span m='53370'>some</span> <span m='53520'>point.</span> </p><p><span m='54710'>What do</span> <span m='54900'>I</span> <span m='54960'>dislike</span> <span m='55370'>about</span> <span m='55600'>my</span> <span m='55710'>job?</span> <span m='56150'>Well</span> <span m='56380'>I</span> <span m='57430'>work</span> <span m='57640'>in</span> <span m='57790'>such</span> <span m='57990'>a</span> <span m='58040'>large</span> <span m='58400'>area</span> <span m='58860'>that</span> <span m='59940'>when</span> <span m='60150'>I</span> <span m='60220'>do</span> <span m='60340'>have to</span> <span m='60530'>leave</span> <span m='61540'>my</span> <span m='62005'>home office,</span> <span m='62470'>it can</span> <span m='62935'>be</span> <span m='63400'>tiring.</span> <span m='66190'>I</span> <span m='66330'>work</span> <span m='66570'>for</span> <span m='66730'>two</span> <span m='66910'>different</span> <span m='67190'>districts,</span> <span m='67660'>so</span> <span m='67740'>I</span> <span m='67880'>have</span> <span m='68110'>two</span> <span m='68240'>bosses</span> <span m='68590'>and</span> <span m='68940'>I</span> <span m='69090'>have two</span> <span m='69340'>sets</span> <span m='69550'>of</span> <span m='70880'>administrative</span> <span m='71340'>procedures,</span> <span m='72020'>and</span> <span m='72390'>two</span> <span m='72640'>personalities</span> <span m='73350'>I</span> <span m='73470'>have</span> <span m='73780'>to</span> <span m='73960'>handle.</span> <span m='74760'>So</span> <span m='75210'>that</span> <span m='75430'>can</span> <span m='75540'>be</span> <span m='75840'>stressful</span> <span m='76330'>times,</span> <span m='76750'>and takes a</span> <span m='77220'>lot of</span> <span m='77690'>planning</span> <span m='78010'>and</span> <span m='78250'>preparation,</span> <span m='79408'>and</span> <span m='79846'>being</span> <span m='80284'>proactive.</span> </p><p><span m='82000'>And</span> <span m='82060'>the</span> <span m='82170'>next</span> <span m='82410'>question,</span> <span m='82820'>what</span> <span m='83050'>are</span> <span m='83150'>some</span> <span m='83390'>of</span> <span m='83450'>the</span> <span m='83550'>key</span> <span m='83790'>decisions</span> <span m='84070'>you</span> <span m='84350'>made in</span> <span m='84770'>your</span> <span m='84890'>career</span> <span m='85230'>that</span> <span m='85460'>led you to</span> <span m='85880'>where</span> <span m='86300'>you</span> <span m='86380'>are</span> <span m='86590'>today?</span> <span m='87700'>I</span> <span m='88090'>always</span> <span m='88390'>had an</span> <span m='88600'>interest</span> <span m='89070'>in</span> <span m='89340'>the</span> <span m='89490'>outdoors,</span> <span m='90200'>and</span> <span m='92040'>in</span> <span m='92820'>minimizing</span> <span m='93560'>your</span> <span m='93710'>footprint</span> <span m='94040'>and</span> <span m='94370'>impact</span> <span m='94795'>and--</span> <span m='96495'>partly</span> <span m='96920'>because</span> <span m='97220'>maybe</span> <span m='97330'>I'm</span> <span m='97560'>cheap,</span> <span m='97940'>but</span> <span m='98180'>partly</span> <span m='98500'>because</span> <span m='98905'>it</span> <span m='99310'>seems to make</span> <span m='99640'>sense,</span> <span m='99980'>and</span> <span m='100320'>I</span> <span m='100560'>don't like</span> <span m='100960'>waste.</span> <span m='103950'>I</span> <span m='104050'>like</span> <span m='104290'>science,</span> <span m='104860'>I</span> <span m='105000'>like</span> <span m='105220'>the</span> <span m='105290'>hard</span> <span m='105550'>sciences,</span> <span m='106220'>and I</span> <span m='106612'>liked</span> <span m='107004'>learning,</span> <span m='107396'>so</span> <span m='108520'>that</span> <span m='108690'>kind</span> <span m='108840'>of</span> <span m='108920'>led</span> <span m='109110'>me</span> <span m='109300'>down</span> <span m='109580'>into</span> <span m='110050'>biology</span> <span m='110503'>with</span> <span m='111409'>some</span> <span m='114130'>side</span> <span m='114600'>work</span> <span m='114900'>in</span> <span m='115450'>environmental</span> <span m='116140'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='117190'>So,</span> <span m='117970'>key</span> <span m='118390'>decisions</span> <span m='120330'>really</span> <span m='120815'>was</span> <span m='121300'>kind</span> <span m='121580'>of</span> <span m='121760'>hunkering</span> <span m='122130'>down,</span> <span m='123850'>I</span> <span m='124050'>would say,</span> <span m='124370'>just</span> <span m='124590'>before</span> <span m='125080'>high</span> <span m='125250'>school</span> <span m='125640'>or</span> <span m='125680'>maybe</span> <span m='125970'>freshman</span> <span m='126330'>year</span> <span m='126570'>of</span> <span m='126680'>high school,</span> <span m='127010'>I</span> <span m='127090'>realized</span> <span m='130250'>if</span> <span m='130570'>I</span> <span m='130740'>just</span> <span m='131070'>really</span> <span m='132780'>buckle</span> <span m='133080'>down</span> <span m='133425'>and</span> <span m='134216'>study</span> <span m='134662'>hard,</span> <span m='136450'>this</span> <span m='136610'>could be</span> <span m='136850'>good.</span> <span m='138400'>It's</span> <span m='138580'>going</span> <span m='138700'>to</span> <span m='139010'>affect</span> <span m='139370'>my</span> <span m='139480'>future.</span> <span m='140100'>And</span> <span m='140300'>so</span> <span m='141390'>something</span> <span m='141940'>clicked</span> <span m='142640'>around</span> <span m='142970'>that</span> <span m='143150'>time,</span> <span m='143470'>and</span> <span m='143570'>I</span> <span m='143600'>realized</span> <span m='144070'>I</span> <span m='144130'>should</span> <span m='144490'>get</span> <span m='144730'>serious</span> <span m='145020'>about</span> <span m='145340'>school</span> <span m='145790'>and</span> <span m='146370'>I</span> <span m='146440'>did.</span> <span m='146740'>And</span> <span m='147150'>it</span> <span m='147310'>actually</span> <span m='148220'>gets</span> <span m='148460'>you</span> <span m='148610'>on a</span> <span m='148880'>good</span> <span m='149140'>track.</span> </p><p><span m='150880'>And</span> <span m='151070'>you'll</span> <span m='151230'>see,</span> <span m='152120'>if you</span> <span m='152490'>look at the</span> <span m='152760'>statistics</span> <span m='153600'>and</span> <span m='153690'>everything,</span> <span m='154180'>if you</span> <span m='154460'>do have a</span> <span m='154700'>college</span> <span m='155020'>degree</span> <span m='156284'>you</span> <span m='156746'>generally</span> <span m='157670'>make</span> <span m='158132'>better decisions,</span> <span m='158594'>and you</span> <span m='159056'>just</span> <span m='159980'>get</span> <span m='160450'>a</span> <span m='160640'>lot</span> <span m='160810'>more</span> <span m='160920'>opportunities.</span> <span m='162060'>And</span> <span m='162542'>even if you</span> <span m='163024'>go to</span> <span m='163506'>grad school now,</span> <span m='163988'>too,</span> <span m='165434'>if</span> <span m='166398'>the</span> <span m='166880'>economy</span> <span m='167362'>doesn't</span> <span m='167844'>pick</span> <span m='168326'>up,</span> <span m='168808'>the</span> <span m='169290'>more degrees</span> <span m='169772'>you have,</span> <span m='170254'>the</span> <span m='172470'>better</span> <span m='172720'>it could</span> <span m='172830'>be</span> <span m='173130'>for an</span> <span m='173490'>employer</span> <span m='174140'>to</span> <span m='174430'>want to</span> <span m='174660'>hire</span> <span m='174870'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='177465'>How</span> <span m='177950'>difficult is it</span> <span m='178435'>to get a job</span> <span m='178920'>in your</span> <span m='179405'>industry? Well</span> <span m='182810'>right</span> <span m='183050'>now</span> <span m='183420'>every</span> <span m='183770'>industry,</span> <span m='184460'>almost,</span> <span m='184700'>it's</span> <span m='184860'>hard</span> <span m='185020'>to</span> <span m='185060'>get</span> <span m='185310'>a job.</span> <span m='185650'>I</span> <span m='185990'>would</span> <span m='186200'>say</span> <span m='186580'>my</span> <span m='187090'>industry</span> <span m='187810'>is--</span> <span m='189250'>if</span> <span m='189650'>you're</span> <span m='189840'>resourceful</span> <span m='190770'>and</span> <span m='191390'>you</span> <span m='191650'>are</span> <span m='191930'>creative</span> <span m='192660'>and</span> <span m='194040'>you can work</span> <span m='194436'>independently,</span> <span m='195230'>it's</span> <span m='195460'>actually</span> <span m='196070'>pretty</span> <span m='196250'>easy</span> <span m='196480'>to get a job.</span> <span m='196952'>Because</span> <span m='197424'>you</span> <span m='197896'>can write</span> <span m='198368'>your own</span> <span m='198840'>ticket.</span> <span m='199312'>You</span> <span m='199784'>can</span> <span m='200940'>write</span> <span m='201180'>grants</span> <span m='201900'>and</span> <span m='202080'>get</span> <span m='202270'>money,</span> <span m='203600'>you're the</span> <span m='204000'>asset</span> <span m='204360'>to</span> <span m='204460'>an</span> <span m='204560'>organization.</span> <span m='205280'>And</span> <span m='206070'>they'll</span> <span m='206210'>hire</span> <span m='206530'>you,</span> <span m='207000'>or</span> <span m='207520'>you</span> <span m='207870'>can</span> <span m='208220'>get</span> <span m='208580'>something</span> <span m='208940'>started</span> <span m='209170'>from</span> <span m='209340'>scratch.</span> <span m='209740'>So</span> <span m='210930'>I</span> <span m='211060'>would</span> <span m='211200'>say</span> <span m='211350'>it</span> <span m='211600'>is</span> <span m='211780'>when</span> <span m='211950'>you</span> <span m='212040'>make</span> <span m='212300'>of</span> <span m='212690'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='213460'>In</span> <span m='213690'>California,</span> <span m='214470'>it's a</span> <span m='214780'>great</span> <span m='215300'>industry</span> <span m='215540'>to be</span> <span m='215730'>in,</span> <span m='216050'>because</span> <span m='216390'>there's a</span> <span m='216440'>lot</span> <span m='216650'>of</span> <span m='216690'>regulation,</span> <span m='217380'>and</span> <span m='217580'>there's</span> <span m='217760'>a</span> <span m='217800'>lot of</span> <span m='218020'>agencies</span> <span m='219490'>out</span> <span m='219740'>there.</span> <span m='220080'>And</span> <span m='220280'>there's a</span> <span m='220460'>lot of</span> <span m='220730'>money</span> <span m='221090'>being</span> <span m='221280'>put</span> <span m='221560'>into</span> <span m='221820'>things</span> <span m='222070'>like</span> <span m='222580'>figuring</span> <span m='222910'>out</span> <span m='223000'>climate</span> <span m='223340'>change</span> <span m='223820'>and how to</span> <span m='224163'>address that</span> <span m='224506'>issue.</span> <span m='225140'>So</span> <span m='226190'>for</span> <span m='226350'>California,</span> <span m='229230'>those</span> <span m='230050'>types</span> <span m='230300'>of</span> <span m='230380'>jobs</span> <span m='230730'>are</span> <span m='230910'>a</span> <span m='231700'>more</span> <span m='232015'>so</span> <span m='232330'>than</span> <span m='232660'>maybe in</span> <span m='233078'>other states.</span> </p><p><span m='234750'>What</span> <span m='234910'>is</span> <span m='234990'>your</span> <span m='235110'>work/life</span> <span m='235480'>balance</span> <span m='235820'>like?</span> <span m='238030'>My</span> <span m='238280'>work/life</span> <span m='238700'>balance</span> <span m='239530'>is</span> <span m='243481'>not as</span> <span m='243890'>good as it</span> <span m='244090'>should</span> <span m='244270'>be</span> <span m='244430'>right</span> <span m='244630'>now.</span> <span m='244860'>I</span> <span m='245190'>also have</span> <span m='245380'>a</span> <span m='245790'>business</span> <span m='246698'>on the</span> <span m='247152'>side,</span> <span m='247606'>as well.</span> <span m='248060'>I</span> <span m='248514'>do</span> <span m='248968'>real estate</span> <span m='249422'>investment</span> <span m='250330'>and</span> <span m='250940'>development.</span> <span m='251550'>And</span> <span m='251720'>so</span> <span m='252560'>that</span> <span m='252980'>kind</span> <span m='253160'>of</span> <span m='253260'>takes a</span> <span m='253400'>lot of</span> <span m='253620'>my</span> <span m='253750'>free</span> <span m='254050'>time</span> <span m='254325'>outside of</span> <span m='254600'>my</span> <span m='254990'>work</span> <span m='255270'>time.</span> <span m='255730'>But</span> <span m='256510'>I</span> <span m='256700'>would</span> <span m='256910'>say</span> <span m='257490'>I</span> <span m='257649'>do</span> <span m='259410'>try</span> <span m='259600'>to</span> <span m='259670'>use</span> <span m='259910'>weekends</span> <span m='260519'>to</span> <span m='261700'>get</span> <span m='261860'>away,</span> <span m='262160'>get</span> <span m='262330'>out</span> <span m='262640'>of the</span> <span m='262950'>house</span> <span m='263370'>and</span> <span m='263750'>go on</span> <span m='264090'>weekend</span> <span m='264700'>trips.</span> <span m='265230'>And</span> <span m='265450'>that</span> <span m='265640'>really</span> <span m='266130'>helps</span> <span m='266560'>to</span> <span m='266690'>reset my</span> <span m='267190'>battery,</span> <span m='267760'>and</span> <span m='268110'>recharge</span> <span m='268830'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='269130'>And</span> <span m='269240'>I</span> <span m='269310'>think</span> <span m='269730'>work/life</span> <span m='270235'>balance is</span> <span m='270570'>really</span> <span m='270840'>important,</span> <span m='271250'>because</span> <span m='271530'>it</span> <span m='271640'>teaches</span> <span m='272030'>you</span> <span m='272930'>you</span> <span m='273050'>need</span> <span m='273290'>to</span> <span m='274920'>sort of have</span> <span m='275420'>discipline,</span> <span m='275805'>and</span> <span m='276190'>set</span> <span m='276580'>limits,</span> <span m='277080'>and</span> <span m='278070'>say</span> <span m='278230'>yes</span> <span m='278490'>or</span> <span m='278570'>no to</span> <span m='278870'>certain</span> <span m='279070'>things</span> <span m='279250'>you</span> <span m='279320'>can do,</span> <span m='279760'>rather</span> <span m='280070'>than</span> <span m='280230'>just</span> <span m='280470'>taking</span> <span m='280730'>on</span> <span m='280990'>way too</span> <span m='281110'>much.</span> <span m='282010'>So</span> <span m='282700'>even</span> <span m='283065'>though</span> <span m='283430'>you</span> <span m='283600'>might</span> <span m='283810'>not</span> <span m='283960'>be</span> <span m='284050'>working</span> <span m='284380'>all</span> <span m='284590'>the</span> <span m='284680'>time,</span> <span m='285510'>work/life</span> <span m='285920'>balance</span> <span m='286250'>does</span> <span m='286490'>actually</span> <span m='286840'>show,</span> <span m='287255'>I think,</span> <span m='287670'>that you are</span> <span m='287925'>pretty</span> <span m='288180'>efficient</span> <span m='288530'>with</span> <span m='288850'>your</span> <span m='288970'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":195517,"video_id":"2707778863001","name":"60335609","duration":292352,"thumbnail_url":null}});