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Despite the fact that environmental jobs are hugely popular right now, they truly aren’t for everybody. You need to have the right personality and skill set for these types of jobs – and the right education also is a critical pre-requisite to get into the environmental job field. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before jumping into studying and applying for an environmental job?
1) Do you love nature, or are you just going in to the field simply because you think plenty of jobs are available? These jobs are in demand, and resumes are flooding the market, so if you aren’t a big fan of nature, this easily will show in your interview, and you can forget about claiming your coveted environmental job?
2) Do you like communicating with others? Whether you work as an environmental scientist or a park ranger, you can’t expect to work in a hole eight hours a day. You absolutely need to be able to share ideas and information both verbally and in writing.
3) Do you like math, computers and science, and are you good at solving problems? You’ll typically have to master classes in these areas and claim a bachelor’s degree in order to give yourself the best environmental job prospects.
4) Are you in good physical shape and enjoy trudging through the outdoors?
5) Do you like working with your hands? If you are the type of person who prefers to work behind a desk all day, then an environmental job as a science technician probably isn’t the best fit for you.
Make sure that you are choosing an environmental job, or any green job, based on your particular skill set and interest. Otherwise, you will end up in another job that you don’t like – no matter how green it may be.