How To Be an Environmental Researcher

National leaders are now more focused on environmental concerns compared to in the last decade. This is because it is slowly being proven by past calamities that the environment has drastically changed because of human activities. Disaster movies have even made the public more conscious about the effects global climate and environmental change. TV shows on the Discovery Channel and documentaries by the National Geographic have been also contributed to this growing awareness for the environment. 

If you find this topic interesting, maybe you should try to become an environmental researcher. Nature oriented shows often employ these researchers and become part of the crew. These environmental research scientists are usually those who study a certain area of the environment and look for the root cause of an event or phenomenon. They then try to find out ways to avoid it, reverse past damage or develop new technologies to improve the state of the environment.

In becoming an environmental researcher, you may need to finish a degree in the sciences. You may have a general basic degree such as math, physics, geology, chemistry or biology, or more specific fields such as microbiology, environmental engineering or environmental science. If you have a non-science degree, you may opt to pursue a graduate course on the sciences.

If you are taking a graduate course, it is recommended that you choose from several fields of study such as: global warming, climate change, recycling, animal life, plant life, issues on animal and plant extinction, energy resources, and study of soil and erosion. Usually, there are even more specific topics that cover one phenomenon such as a typhoon or hurricane. While working on a research job, you may even use this as your thesis in your graduate studies. Some companies and government agencies actually encourage their researchers to conduct a study in coordination with a university. These studies are funded by the company or government agency, and most of these collaborations aim to provide a solution to specific environmental problems.

Environmental researchers that have already finished their post graduate and doctorate degrees are already involved in developing and presenting studies on environmental issues. Since these involve documentation and writing, it is important for an environmental researcher to develop writing and presentation skills. Research and experiments also involve a lot of time in the outdoors or the laboratories. As an environmental researcher, you should be able to work long hours both outdoors and indoors. You also have to endure working far from home for long periods of time. This is especially true if you are doing observations on climate change, or development of plant or animal life in a certain area. It may take months or years for a specific case study to finish, especially if you are observing. While you are submitting reports on a regular basis, the final findings may have to dependent on years worth of observations.

Being an environmental researcher is rewarding in ways that may not be appreciated by some people, but the idea of helping the world find solutions for the environmental problems we are experiencing is certainly enticing and noble. Your efforts may lead to a solution that will potentially save the world.


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