Consider Conservation Forestry: This includes Wildlife Management; Soil Conservation; Native Species Conservation; and even pest control.
Have you ever climbed to the top of one of these observation towers? Imagine if it was part of your job!
Atmospheric Scientists study problems such as global warming, air pollution, water pollution, air and sea transportation and its risks to the environment (plants and animals) and our climate. You can specialize in Air Resources, Coastal Management, Fisheries Management, or even Fire Management.
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Biologists can specialize in particular species and how they are faring in their environments, such as Marine Biology, Microbiology, Botany (plants), or a specific animal, or may work with ecology, as well as particular ecosystems such as the rainforest or the Arctic areas of Earth.
You could also work with one species, such as birds, or a sub-species such as raptors (birds of prey) or birds indigenous to a certain geographical area, with a degree in Raptor Biology or Zoo and Wildlife Biology or Veterinary Science.
You could make a career discovering Green Energy, or sources that do not deplete or harm the earth's resources, including wind, solar, marine, and tidal energy, as well as creating biofuels, building 'green', and waste management (disposal of garbage). This might involve a degree in Environmental Science or Studies with a specialty in energy resources.
You might develop appliances for use in households or businesses that are more energy-efficient, or cars that can run on fuel other than gasoline: A degree in mechanical engineering with a specialty in automotive applications, or in Industrial Design to work on the body and interior of car design, would be the degrees to pursue to work in that field.
It is always a good idea to unplug your car before you leave.
If your interests are more political, you could study political science as well as environmental science and make a career of helping to set government policy regarding conservation, including urban planning-that is, planning a city so that it uses less of the available natural resources, and uses them well.
You could research and then write about environmental issues using a journalism degree.
An Energy Analyst studies how energy is used and works at trying to reduce our dependence on traditional sources such as oil and coal. There are Energy Traders who work with other countries to trade resources, as well.
Energy Traders at work
There are well over 100 careers that are related to protecting our environment. Take a look: