Jobs: Earn more with these 12 best green careers

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If you want to earn more than regular jobs, consider going green. Jobs to preserve the environment are all the rage as the world shifts to renewable energy. Green jobs pay more – 7% compared to jobs in other industries, according to a recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Green jobs offer quality positions. The field is vast, and is still widening, with recent innovations in green technologies. Environmental professionals are taking up the challenge. If you are ready to join this exciting field, here are some of the most wanted and in-demand green jobs:

(1) Renewable energy analyst

Salary: From 213,559 Dh ($58,141)

Education: Bachelor’s degree

This position is created specifically to determine grid interconnection and capacity for the delivery of generation from wind, solar or storage projects, using analysis tools.

Job: This requires a lot of review and data analysis. Most energy analysts have a bachelor’s degree and should be proficient in technical programs such as Excel, Microsoft Access, and data analysis and modeling software. The annual salary for this position was Dh213,559 ($58,141), according to Salaryexpert.com.

(2) Air Quality Engineer

Education: Bachelor’s degree, majoring in environmental engineering

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Online job site PayScale says the average air quality engineer salary was over $67,000 (US, 2019 data)

Job: Air quality engineers focus on maintaining clean indoor air quality or “remediating” contaminated sites. Related tasks may include statistical modeling and business compliance with government regulations. The top salary range rises to $143,000 for this position, with a median salary of $86,800 in 2017, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

(3) Environmental Engineer

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They work in construction, sanitation, energy, and even on cruise liners to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.

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(4) Hydrologist

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Job: Hydrologists study how water moves through – and through – the earth’s crust. They study how rain/snow and other forms of precipitation affect river flows or groundwater levels, and how surface water and groundwater evaporate into the atmosphere or eventually reach the oceans.

(5) Environmental Scientist

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Education: Bachelor’s degree

Job: Their main task is to protect the environment and human health through their knowledge of natural sciences. They can clean up polluted areas (land or sea), advise decision-makers or work with industry to reduce waste.

(6) Renewable energy consultant

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A Singaporean site (glassdoor.sg) recently advertised a renewable energy consultant position for S$6,500 ($4,766) per month.

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Employment: The career is related to the development and use of energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy. This sector also includes non-renewable traditional energy sources that are undergoing significant green technological change (eg oil, coal, gas and nuclear). Renewable Energy Consultants help interested clients or employers understand their current energy needs and how best to add renewable energy sources to their “energy mix”. per month.

(7) Soil and Plant Scientist

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Education: Bachelor’s degree

Job: Soil and plant scientists help manage crops, deter pests, study soil characteristics and composition, and ensure that cultivation practices do not harm the environment. The work may share some overlap with agricultural and food scientists. Some may also conduct original research. In 2020, the average salary for soil and plant scientists ranged from $39,650 to $117,450, according to careerexplorer.com.

(8) Natural Resources Specialist

Education: Bachelor’s/Master’s

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This highly flexible work often ends up being attached to government entities or universities.

Job: Natural resource specialists are sometimes successful in setting environmental regulations, as well as enforcing green regulations. Employees monitor various environmental resources, review environmental impacts and make recommendations. Salaries range from $38,070 to $187,200, with a median salary (US) of $47,741, according to job site comparably.com.

(9) Director of Sustainable Development (CSO)

Education: Bachelor’s degree

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Job: The Director of Sustainable Development works with managers, employees, customers and shareholders to pursue environmental responsibility with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact of the company, from sourcing, production to chain operations supply. The typical salary ranges between $62,780 and $208,000 (US), depending on education and experience, according to salary.com.

(10) Conservation Scientist

Education: Bachelor’s degree

Job: The work uses knowledge of the natural sciences (in particular, geology, biology, chemistry, agricultural science, environmental science or forestry) to conserve the environment. They work primarily outdoors – managing forests, assessing soil quality, protecting at-risk habitats, consulting with private landowners and local governments. In Canada, the national average salary for a conservation biologist is CA$68,403 ($54,522). An entry-level conservation scientist (geologist) (1-3 years of experience) can earn an average salary of $73,279. A senior geologic conservation scientist (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of $129,378.

(11) Biochemist

Education: Baccalaureate / up to doctorate

Job: Few of them specialize in this field which combines the disciplines of chemistry and biology. Environmental biochemists assess the long-term risks of contaminants in soil and groundwater. It also involves field work related to environmental permits, as well as remedial strategies to be undertaken, classification of contaminated soils, management of hazardous waste and on-site remediation.

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(12) Environmental Project Manager

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

Job: Environmental project managers employ management skills to directly lead private companies in implementing environmental goals. The average salary for this position is $72,628 (annual in the US), according to PayScale and S$2,500 per month (Singapore), according to glassdoor.sg.

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