Careers for nature lovers & other outdoor types by Louise Miller

By Louise Miller

Describes jobs within the organic sciences, agricultural sciences, land making plans, conservation, source administration, geology, and toxins keep an eye on and waste administration.

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Because of our highly technological society, the nature lover with the highest degree of education will probably get the best job. However, if you have just a high school diploma, you could get a job as a greenhouse aide, animal care assistant, landscape gardener, or tree worker. With two years of college or some technical training, you could become a technician or warden. Biologists, botanists, zoologists, biotechnologists, and ecologists, however, should have at least a bachelor's degree. D. is essential.

When applied to farming, it becomes a crop science, which encompasses cell biology, physiology, genetics, and breeding. Crop scientists are also concerned with producing seeds of high quality. Those areas involved with the soil sciences include soil physics, chemistry, and microbiology as they relate to plants. Page 32 The study of crops and soil is extremely important, not only for the continued production of high-quality food for our country but also to work toward lessening the problems of worldwide hunger for all people.

A college degree is essential, with an emphasis on biology. But you should also study chemistry and physics, math, statistics, and computer science. Depending on which branch of ecology you choose, consider taking geology, oceanography, soil science, physiology, or morphology. Social sciences, communication skills, and anthropology should round out your education. As an ecologist, your work area may be in a forest or on a farm, on the ocean or in the mountains. You may also work in the city. So you may want to do some volunteer work in your local park or state facility, go on field trips, do research projects, or serve as an intern when you're in high school or college.

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