Environmental ethics is the study of how humans relate to the environment. Environmentalists in this discipline consider things like the ethics of clear-cutting a forest, the dangers of propagating our species, the importance of conservation and our moral obligations to future generations. Individuals who study environmental ethics can pursue careers in the related fields of conservation, environmental law, environmental policy and academia.
Conservation scientists manage natural resources, land quality and conservation activities in forests, parks, rangelands and other areas of the country. Typical duties include establishing conservation and timber removal plans, negotiating land use contracts and assuring compliance with government regulations. Their ultimate goal is to find ways to use land and natural resources while protecting the environment. Most conservation scientists hold a bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental ethics, forestry, rangeland management or a related field.
Environmental Science Technician
Environmental science technicians, also known as environmental science and protection technicians, monitor the environment, examine sources of pollution and solve public health problems. They usually work under the supervision of environmental scientists or other specialists and may assist with safety hazard investigations, sample collection, laboratory analysis and regulation enforcement. To become an environmental science technician, you will need a high school diploma and on-the-job training. Some employers prefer technicians with an associate's degree or postsecondary training in natural science, environmental studies or science-related technology.
Environmental lawyers advise and represent advocacy groups, government agencies and businesses, such as waste disposal companies and manufacturing plants, in matters related to the environment and government regulations. They may work for law firms or operate private practices. Some environmental lawyers focus on helping clients comply with government regulations, while others work on court cases involving those who did not comply. Education requirements for environmental lawyers can vary by state, but typical requirements include an undergraduate degree, law degree and knowledge of environmental law.
Environmental Ethics Professor
Environmental ethics professors usually teach at universities, colleges or other academic institutions. They may be responsible for curriculum development, conducting research for their field, teaching students, grading assignments, supervising graduate students and serving on academic committees. Environmental ethics professors must have a doctoral degree in their field to teach at most schools.