Welcome to Environmental Geosciences and Environmental
Welcome to environmental geosciences and studies. These
are rapidly growing fields that are still developing. See SCIENCE
CAREERS: In the Geosciences, Business Is Booming, and SCIENCE
CAREERS: Hydrogeologists Tap Into Demand for an Irreplaceable Resource, both from
the 8 August 2008 issue of Science.
The fields of environmental geosciences and studies both
give you many career choices. But the many options mean
you need to give some thought to which path you will follow. Know first
your long term goals, then select courses that will lead
to your goals.
To help you get started, you might like to buy and read
Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century, produced
by The Environmental
Careers Organization. A new paperback copy costs about $18 and used
copies cost about $8.
In reading the book, you will find some good advice that
applies to all career paths. Employers are looking for students who:
- Know their field. For
environmental science jobs, this means a firm foundation in a science
such as atmospheric science, geology, or oceanography. For environmental
studies this means policy and geography.
- Write well. Most of your career will require writing
reports. The Texas A&M University
Writing Center provides a wide range
- Work well in teams. In
many of your classes, you will be required to work with several other
students as a team. You might think this is unfair, especially if you
are teamed with someone who doesn't want to work hard. This is an opportunity
to learn team skills, including how to motivate team members, and how
a team interacts with a supervisor (your professor in this case).
- Know how to collect data in the
Begin now to get this experience.
- Get outside and observe phenomena described in your
courses. In GEOS-105 we will discuss air pollution. Why not look
around when you're outside, observe whether or not the air is hazy.
Why is it hazy or not? etc.
- Plan now for summer employment of internships
that will give you field experience.
- Can you find an internship? This may be hard before you are
a junior or senior.
- Consider working as a summer-camp counselor,
especially one that helps campers learn about the environment.
- Learn about native flora and fauna. Learn
to use a field guide and how to key out species. Start
with College Station, then expand into other areas.
- Are familiar with geographic
information systems (GIS).
Take a GIS course.
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Join the Texas A&M University Geosciences
Student Association and get to know your fellow students.
The chair this year is Chelsea Hanchett.
August 26, 2008