A career focused on the environment can be very fulfilling as well as financially rewarding. With careful planning, proper training and the right levels of experience, a person in an environmental field can expect annual salaries around $50,000. Some jobs with an environmental focus provide higher salaries than others.
Fish and Game Wardens
People interested in law enforcement can find a suitable job as a fish or game warden. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the responsibility of a fish or game warden is to "enforce fishing, hunting and boating laws." In this job, you patrol a designated area to ensure people using that area are doing so lawfully. In some cases, a warden's job can become dangerous when he comes across a person acting unlawfully. At times, a fish or game warden seizes property being used illegally.
There are no specific degree requirements to become a fish or game warden, but a high school diploma is recommended. According to Degree Directory, wardens working for the federal government are required to have an undergraduate degree in biology or criminal justice.
According to My Plan's 2009 list of the top 300 high-paying careers in America, fish and game wardens come in at No. 300 with an average annual salary of $54,950.
Zoologists are biologists who study animals. After an extensive education (which typically requires the acquisition of a Ph.D.), zoologists find jobs with colleges, zoos and museums. People who follow this career path usually focus their research on one specific group of animals.
Some zoologists observe animals in their natural habitats. They conduct studies and experiments. A zoologist working in a zoo creates natural habitats for the zoo's occupants. A zoologist working with a museum ensures each exhibit is accurately portrayed with pertinent information.
According to My Plan's 2009 list of the top 300 high-paying careers in America, zoologists come in at No. 243 with an average annual salary of $60,670. State University pinpoints the average annual salary a little lower at $50,330 annually, as of 2004.
The BLS explains that an environmental scientist looks at detriments to the environment and comes up with ways to fix the problems. Some environmental scientists pursue this as a career in law. Schools offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental science. A degree in environmental science can be applied in many different situations. To teach at the middle or high school level, you most likely need a bachelor's degree. If you work for the federal government, you would benefit from receiving a higher-level degree.
According to My Plan's list of the top 300 high-paying careers in America in 2009, zoologists come in at No. 187 with an average annual salary of $67,360.