If you think a career aimed at protecting the environment is a noble effort, but not a very lucrative pursuit, think again. Although entry-level green jobs may not pay much, the pay scale increases significantly for a select number of professional positions, according to Finance and Student Career Building blogger Arasaian Ahmed.
In a recent article for Triple Pundit.com, Ahmed lists seven careers in sustainability that compensate exceedingly well and ought to be considered. Here are those careers – including their average salaries – counting down from the lowest-paying to the best-paying one:
7. Health and safety engineers ($75,000 per year) – These engineers design processes and systems that focus on the work-related safety and health of employees, air and water control, machine inspections and more.
6. Environmental engineers ($79,000 per year) – These workers provide biological and chemical solutions to such environmental problems as water and air pollution control, recycling, safe pest management, waste and sewage disposal, and public health issues. They also develop new processes that turn waste into usable products.
5. Atmospheric scientists ($89,000 per year) – This job entails studying the impact of chemical and industrial air pollution and finding ways to reduce it.
4. Chemical engineers ($92,000 per year) – The chief responsibilities of these engineers is to make chemical processes more environmentally friendly and sustainable by creating chemicals that are biodegradable and help reduce pollution and waste hazards.
3. Operations managers aka general managers ($95,000 per year) – Realizing the ideas and directions of the chief sustainability executive, the GM’s responsibilities include waste minimization, recycling, pollution prevention, and keeping track of financials, energy efficiency and conservation.
2. Natural science managers ($114,000 per year) – These managers coordinate teams of scientists and researchers working in sustainability projects.
1. Chief sustainability executives ($166,000 per year) – These include directors, vice presidents and chiefs who fill the preeminent sustainability position in a corporation. It is their responsibility to envision, expand and implement sustainable practices within the organization.
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