March - Environmental & Agricultural Systems

March career board

Mining & Geological Engineer       Hazardous Materials Removal Worker       Aquaculturist

Agricultural/Food Scientist       Forestry Technician/Forester       Animal Caretaker



Mining & Geological Engineer

mining and geological engineer

A lot has changed since the nineteenth century when the Forty-Niners panned for gold in California. Mining and geological engineers now use satellite photography and variations in the earth’s magnetic field to find new deposits of minerals. They use machines that can remove 10.8 metric tons of coal per minute.

But it’s not just about the tools. Today’s mining pros are also finding ways to mine that are safer for both mine workers and the environment.

Education needed: Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Salary: $65,000


Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

hazardous materials removal workers

Hazardous materials removal workers must follow strict federal safety regulations as they work with hazardous materials of all sorts. These include asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, mold, radioactive materials, and contaminated soil. Hazmat workers look for these dangerous substances in buildings and the environment. They then remove what they find so it can be decontaminated or disposed of safely.

Education needed: Training & Certification

Annual Salary: $40,000




The demand for seafood is growing. However, overfishing has caused a decline in many species of fish and shellfish. That's why aquaculturists raise fish and shellfish for food and sport fishing in fisheries, such as ponds and floating pens. These agricultural specialists make sure that fish are healthy and safe for eating.

Some aquaculturists work in natural environments, like coastal areas, to ensure these sites are fished in responsibly. That way, they'll continue to produce fish and shellfish in the future.

Education needed: Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Salary: $58,000


Agriculture/Food Scientist

agricultural food scientist

In the old days, you sprinkled a lot of salt on your meat, hung it in your attic, and hoped for the best.

Today, thanks to agricultural and food scientists, we find an incredible range of choices on supermarket shelves. Even during the coldest months, we enjoy fruits and vegetables kept fresh by food preservation techniques, such as special plastic bags. And when we eat ice cream, we know exactly how much fat we’re digesting.

Education needed: Master’s Degree or Ph.D.

Annual Salary: $69,000


Forestry Technician/Forester

forestry technician

How do you manage a forest so that people can enjoy it for recreation while the needs of the wildlife in the area are also met? How do you protect a forest's water supply while ensuring that it produces a good harvest of trees for a timber company? Foresters often have to make tough decisions to come up with plans that balance economic goals with environmental impact -- all while meeting government regulations.

Foresters develop, manage, use, and protect woodlands and other natural resources, such as water. Forestry technicians help foresters, mostly doing hands-on work outdoors, such as fighting fires or caring for trees in a nursery.

Education needed: Associate Degree (Forestry Technician) or Bachelor’s Degree (Forester)

Annual Salary: $45,000 - $61,000


Animal Caretaker

animal caretaker

Do you enjoy taking care of your pets? Have you always felt a special bond with animals? Becoming an animal caretaker is one way you can turn your interest in animals into a career.

The job might involve long hours and tough physical labor, but it’s important work: if an animal gets sick, the caretaker is often the first to know. And the close relationships you develop with the animals under your care can make that work deeply satisfying.

Education needed: Some on-the-job training or a Bachelor’s Degree if you also want to train animals

Annual Salary: $21,000


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