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Most jobs in environmental biology are found through connections but once you can get into a job with the government many job opportunities will open to you, and those with higher degrees will find that getting at least an interview is much easier than those with a lower degree.
Yet many websites state that the need for environmental biologists is expected to grow through 2018, considering the rapidly growing human population. So this profession is highly demanded. Other than the typical retirement pension, unless you decide to go into the field of working for the government or get a teaching position, you will not be offered an extra pension. My Career Project Education Required To become an environmental biologist, at least a bachelor's degree is required. To do more sample collecting and analyzing in the field you would need a bachelor's or master's degree. To work more in the lab conducting academic research or have a teaching position in environmental biology, you are required to have a doctorate's degree.
The courses recommended to take are chemistry, physics, math, computer and earth science, hydrology, geography and 4 years in biology but it is important to have at least several years of experience in the field and to apply for ecology and environmental biology programs after earning a bachelor's degree, especially if you wish to do more academic research or have a teaching position as an environmental biologist. You must also have good skills with people, so being able to speak a second language is very helpful and must also be familiar with environmental laws and regulations.
The Ecological Society of America reports that an environmental biologist with a doctorate's degree could work for universities, government agencies, private firms or non-governmental organizations and many more but may begin as lecturers, research scientists, administrators, natural research managers and in field exploration or sometimes in the laboratory as a technician or research assistant.
Environmental biologists must constantly be updating their knowledge about field work and have an ongoing education throughout their career. Schools And How Much They Cost Stresses, Dangers And Legal Risks Career Growth Job Security Competition
Job Demand Pensions Career Suited For?... Average Annual Salary There aren't many schools for environmental biology
in B.C and the schools I did find don't exactly list their cost.
The most popular schools are found mostly in the United States such as Ferris State University, Michigan State University, University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Walden University, York University and many more.
But I found that there are popular schools in Canada as well such as U.B.C located in the Okanagan, the University of Guelph and the Thompson River University.
The Schools' prices may vary depending on the price of the text books required for your course and whether or not you have a grant or scholarship. Costs may vary around $50 000 just for an under graduate. Websites The average salary of an environmental biologist can depend greatly on the location, employer, industry, benefits and especially your experience and degree. For example according to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, the highest paying country for environmental biologists is the District of Columbia paying an annual salary of $108,190. As an environmental biologist you could work as a field environmental biologist or work for conservation, collecting samples in the field and analyzing them in the lab finding if that area or species is endangered and taking action, earning $75,080 to $82,900 you could work as a government policy maker, working with the government to help make laws protecting endangered species or areas earning $73,030, and as a teacher or professor, educating students about environmental biology. As of 2009 it is recorded that university professors with a Ph.d in environmental biology make an annual salary of up to $108,000. Also all employers will employ and pay someone more with a higher degree over someone with just a bachelor's degree.
As of 2003 environmental biologists with less than one year experience have a starting salary of around $33,000 per year. As you gain more experience and education you could earn over $80,000.The Bureau Of Labor Statistics states that environmental biologists can earn anywhere from the lowest of $30,000 to an average being $100,000. Yet today many job sites such as indeed.com and the hiring federal government nation wide averagely pay $80,000 There aren't many stresses of being an environmental biologist but there are dangers and legal risks. As an environmental biologist it is required that at some point in your job you will have to travel to other parts of the world to meet with clients or collect samples in often un-preferable weather for long and irregular periods of time. Field work can be physically demanding. Also it is possible that you might find yourself in court against industries trying to destroy forests or build factories illegally. You could even be prosecuted in court by those who don't agree with your findings. an environmental biologist may also find themselves working with dangerous organisms and toxic substances. I found that employers of environmental biologists usually offer an"attractive and comprehensive benefits package", which includes, income protection, childcare vouchers, life insurance, Employee Assistance Programmes and the usual retirement pension.
I would benefit personally from this profession because I enjoy science, writing, working independently and with others, and problem solving, all of which are in the criteria of this profession, but mostly I would like to make a difference, in this case by improving nature and all that inhabits it. http://www.careerealism.com/environmental-biologist-job-search/
http://www.ic.gc.ca There are many career growth opportunities for an environmental biologist like starting out as a lecturer, research scientist, administrator, natural research manager, working in field exploration, in the laboratory as a technician a research assistant, or a high school teacher. Then after gaining more experience and more education you could move on to an environmental policy maker, university professor, work for the government or become a project manager. All of these jobs still include field work, evaluating impacts on the environment, studying pollution, its effects on earth's ecosystem and finding solutions.
Personally, this profession allows you to grow since it involves being as creative as possible in a dynamic environment to find solutions, to find the problem and working with other creative minds. An environmental biologist is a secure profession, even though getting the job is difficult it is unlikely you will be replaced easily or at all. Because environmental biologists are becoming more needed every year there are more job opportunities. This career is suited for a creative and excellent problem solver, a leader who can communicate, present, write, research and work well with others and will consider alternatives. If you are concerned about making the world a better place and you like to travel, it's a good career but you must be willing to be flexible in your hours and sometimes work overtime. Also you must be able to work outside doing field work.
I think this is a job for me because i think i can work well with others, i love to write, research and travel. Aswell am i concerned about the well-being of the environment and i wouldn't mind working overtime or in the field if i'm doing something i love. By Emma