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    By Teri Ard, Faculty Member, Environmental Policy Programs

    “I don’t want to protect the environment. I want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting” –Unknown 

    Having worked in the field for more than 25 years now, I can tell you what I enjoy. I like knowing that every day at work is going to be different; the environmental field is constantly changing and this means the related projects and skills are transforming as well. If you are someone like me, who enjoys challenges and continuous learning, this could be a great career choice. 

    While I am proud of the fact that I am working to protect our environment, I also appreciate the aspects of my job that allow me to work with people. I enjoy describing to groups or individuals why regulations exist, how to comply with them, and how the regulatory process works.

    Do you like working in an office setting, punching numbers into complicated excel spreadsheets or are you the type of person who prefers to be outdoors and on your feet? The environmental policy field may offer opportunities for both types of personalities as well as a wide variety of educational backgrounds. For example, communications and political science majors may be prepared to pursue a career as an advocacy manager or policy communicator. On the other hand, an engineering degree could help in the pursuit of a technical career such as environmental manager or environmental planner.

    It’s also important to consider the environmental issues that you are most passionate about. Greenhouse gases (GHG) and global warming, alternative energy, forestry practices, water conservation, and agricultural practices are just a few of the current issues being addressed by those with a career in environmental policy. If you have the drive to combat even one of these issues, an environmental policy career could be one worth pursuing.


    Teri Ard is a faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University. 


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