I am thinking about getting a degree in earth and environmental science, but the thing is I have a wife and two kids that I support. Is there any money with a major like this. It is something that I think I would really love to do, but I am scared I will not find a job in the field. I live in Chicago. I would also consider getting a MS or PhD.

Asked By: jack00013 - 11/17/2009
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Yes, it counts as a "natural sciences BS" in recruiter-speak and doubles for several other degrees. In the States it doubles for a geology degree for the purpose of taking the Professional Geologist examination. Don't confuse it with the "Earth Science" education degree, which should be avoided... More
Answered By: Agena - 11/17/2009
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Environmental Health Inspector. I'm sure you have the equivalent in the US (I'm from the UK). People who go around to places like restaurants etc and check them over, to see if they are complying with environmental regulations. It's a job I'd love to do, as it is well paid and you are not confined to an office all day.
Answered By: michael c - 11/17/2009
Yes, you can be ecologist
Answered By: Yanyan - 11/17/2009
nah, without a phd in that field your just another dude with a ba in EESS.
Answered By: Shane - 11/17/2009
have fun, unless you want to get a PhD it is pointless to get a science degree, you will work as a glorified lab tech your entire life and the jobs do not pay well and arent that stable
Answered By: xninjagrrl - 11/17/2009
There are no guarantees in life but yes - there are jobs in this field. You might be involved in preparing environmental impact statements - a requirement for new construction just about anywhere in the US.
Answered By: Paul Hxyz - 11/17/2009
You could be a teacher at the secondary level but there is no money to be made.
Answered By: Football Mom - 11/17/2009
Yes, there is.
Answered By: Hsens Linkens - 11/18/2009
You can also work in a lab for the local or state environmental agency. The EPA might be harder to get into. Or you can do some chemistry lab work provided you took some chem courses. Depending on where you live, you can make a decent salary, you won't be rich, I think, but it might be enough.
Answered By: amethyst300 - 11/18/2009
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