Did you know that green jobs (AKA careers that protect the earth and its natural resources) have the highest projected industry growth in the next decade? These high-paying careers are ripe with opportunities for STEM students. Here are some STEM jobs that will help to design, build, and sustain a better future for our planet
Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement. Energy Efficient Engineers design new and sustainable ways to help buildings and systems have a smaller impact on the environment.
Individuals employed as sustainable architects focus on building design and construction that lessens the impact of urban development on the environment. They create buildings that require less land development, use more environmentally friendly materials, and are more energy-efficient. Most jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree related to architecture, although some require a master’s degree in a specialized field.
Atmospheric scientists and meteorologists are commonly associated with producing weather forecasts, and that’s one of the tasks that some of these professionals may perform. All of these professionals are concerned with understanding climate and some specialize in understanding how Earth’s climate is changing while others concentrate on determining the long-term impacts of climate change. Fields of study for these professionals include meteorology or atmospheric science and a bachelor’s degree is required.
A restoration ecologist works to repair an ecosystem or natural habitat that has been damaged by humans, especially through industrial processes. Your duties in this career include designing and implementing environment rehabilitation projects and educating the public on conservation and ecology. The areas you focus on repairing include soil, water, and air quality, or you can choose a specific specialization. Other responsibilities include assessing areas that require remediation, identifying causes of damage, working in a lab to determine chemical contamination and severity, and conducting research on how to clean up various types of waste using natural processes such as plants or more extreme strategies. You collaborate with other industry experts, especially for complicated cases.