Environmental Law

Section 3: Organizing, Reviews, and Challenging Issues

Lesson 4: Careers Related to Environmental Law

The fact that you are taking a Career and Technology Studies course in environmental law may indicate that you have some interest in pursuing a career that is related to this area. Perhaps it is a traditional legal career, or perhaps it is a career more closely tied to environmentalism. Of course, you may be taking this course purely out of interest and have no thought of a career in this area; but if you would like to learn more about career opportunities, this would be a good time to dig around a little and see what you can learn.

This lesson is intended to provide some direction for students interested in a career related to environmentalism or environmental law. Think of it as a big Going Further activity.

If you are interested in a career related to environmentalism, you have a wide selection of possibilities. What follows is a list of ideas for employment that is related to the environment. They are by no means all related to legal aspects of environmentalism, and they're not really organized in any particular order.

  • lawyer specializing in environmental law
  • public-relations consultant for an industry that affects the environment
  • speech writer specializing in environmental issues
  • environmental activist
  • environmental lobbyist
  • arbitrator/mediator
  • energy-management technologist
  • biochemist
  • park ranger
  • horticulturalist
  • botanist
  • water purification expert
  • conservationist
  • geophysicist
  • government employee in a department of the environment
  • hydrologist (a specialist in water above and below the ground)
  • wildlife-research biologist
  • marine-pollution specialist
  • atmospheric scientist
  • silviculturalist (a specialist in the care of forests)
  • provincial insect-control specialist
  • environment-energy economist
  • district soil conservationist
  • health-and-safety officer for a petroleum company
  • environmental consultant
  • pollution-control officer
  • biologist
  • agriculturalist
  • wildlife assistant
  • energy consultant
  • zoologist
  • environmental educator
  • geologist

If careers in areas like these-or in any other areas related to environmental concerns-interest you, take some time now to investigate one or more of them. Your librarian, your Career and Technology Studies teacher, or your guidance counselor should be able to get you started in your research. And, of course, the Internet can be a great tool to use for a task like this. Here are a few websites that might help you get started:

Jobs, Workers, Training and Careers

Industry Canada

Occupational Information (OCCinfo)

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training

Alberta Learning Information Service

Government of Alberta Job Opportunities