When deciding on a career, one of the biggest concerns is that you find an area that will show growth and provide opportunity for advancement as you gain experience and knowledge over time. With so many jobs being outsourced to foreign countries, the last thing you want to happen is to invest so much time in getting a college degree, only to be unemployed.
If you are inclined towards technology you will want to look at the field of engineering and in particular in the are of the environment, because it is the future of environmental engineering jobs that is going to be huge. In fact, it is ranked high on everybody’s list of career opportunities now, and in the future.
The reason for this is that the private sector is starting to understand the benefits of protecting the environment. Concern for the environment has been around for decades, and there have been a certain amount of laws that have been passed to protect the environment, but the consumer is now aware of the growing problems of pollution and limited natural resources. They are now demanding green products and want to purchase from companies that offer these products. There are a growing number of environmental engineering jobs that relate directly to product research and development.
Business also understands that by using renewable resources as well as alternative energy, that money can be saved. A reduction is energy costs increases profits. There are many environmental engineering jobs that relate directly to conservation of energy for business and switching over to cleaner sources of energy.
There is also the public image that a business needs to maintain. By cultivating environmental techniques and methods, the consumer will be more likely to purchase the company’s products. The consumer is becoming aware of how important their buying habits are to the environment. The result is that business is hiring a greater number of environmental engineering consultants, and it is common for a business to have environmental engineers on staff for a variety of applications. Some of the work is of a general nature that applies to corporations across the board, while some of it is specific to a company’s products.
Among the many areas that these engineering specialists work is on controlling air pollution. Some of this is in the area of pollution created by the product itself such as an automobile, other applications are with a factory and the environmental emissions from production. Laws are increasingly become tighter concerning the amount of pollution that is allowed to be emitted. This is particularity true with carbon dioxide emissions. There is a worldwide attempt to reduce these CO2 emissions to slow down and stop global warning.
The total amount of carbon that a business is responsible for emitting is called the carbon footprint. Reducing this footprint to a minimum is going to be one of the largest growth areas for environmental engineering jobs in the future and for decades to come. The jobs will not only be found in the United States, but all over the world.
- Environmental Engineer (QRA Consultant) (eco-business.com)