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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but environmental studies probably won't morph into environmental engineering career..., July 7, 2010
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This review is from: Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors (Great Jobs for ... Majors) (Paperback)
What's this about the first 3 reviews being advertisements for "EnvironmentalCrossing dot com." Oh well.

This book is two thirds job opportunities, and one third how to represent and present yourself for getting a job. That last third is fairly good advice for anyone, whether you are interested in an environmental career or not.

The authors focus on five general environmental job tracks:

- environmental education
- environmental policy, planning, and management
- environmental technology
- environmental sciences
- environmental engineering

As I mentioned in the title of this review, throw out environmental engineering if you have an environmental studies degree. Environmental engineering, like civil engineering, is a demanding 4-5 year program of study. It ain't gonna happen.

The environmental sciences and technology tracks might be useful, but then your degree should be focusing on environmental science, and not environmental studies.

I sense a lot of students being interested in environmental education, but the book talks a lot about middle and high school positions. A teaching certification or degree is important here. I'd add environment-related communication careers (writing, public relations, journalism) here as well.

That brings us to environmental policy, planning, and management. This twenty page section could have been greatly expanded, because I see a lot of opportunity here for environmental studies majors. There are career opportunities in both government and non-governmental organizations here, as well as a track for environmental studies majors to get a graduate degree in law, public administration, or even business administration.

Best hint for applying for job? More and more employers are asking you to post your resume on-line. Don't be fancy. If it looks scrambled when the prospective employer opens it up, your chances are scrambled as well (p. 28).

You might also want to take a look at The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century.
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