Career Trends: October 17, 2022
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS
- Article by Mukesh Kwatra, published on educationtimes.com. Original article link.
The consequences of climate change worldwide have undeniably brought to focus the need to popularise Environmental Chemistry among students. Given, its multi-faceted application in several sectors, students deciding to pursue the subject will be equipped to positively contribute to the betterment of the environment and alongside make a bright successful career out of it.
The environmental specialist job demand is expected to grow by 8% from 2020 to 2030. According to a study, the earth’s average temperature is 1.2 degree Celsius higher than the pre-industrial period and 85% of the world’s population is living in these affected areas.
About the Subject:
Environmental Chemistry is the study of chemical actions that take place in water, air, soil, living environments or in the surroundings where people live or work and the impact of human activities on them and vice-versa.
In pursuing the subject, students study how chemicals enter the environment, their effects, and the fate of a chemical species in nature: air, water and soil. It also covers the role of overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels, and deforestation in triggering climate change, soil erosion, poor air quality, and undrinkable water.
The discipline includes several sub-categories such as aquatic chemistry, soil chemistry and atmospheric chemistry. Contaminants, generally pollutants, which are chemical substances that are present at a higher level than the required level in our environment are also studied. They can also learn about biochemistry, toxicology, public health and epidemiology.
Getting Started in Environmental Chemistry:
- Environmental chemists should preferably have a background in chemistry, including organic and biochemistry.
- Also useful are background in one or more related disciplines like oceanography, ecology, biology, geology, or engineering.
- Knowledge of software for chemical analysis will also be helpful.
A Promising Career Path:
- Environmental chemists can work in fields with similar applications, analyse new chemicals and their impact on the environment, or in education as teachers or researchers.
- The demand is very high in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.
- As an environmental chemist, the job opportunities are diverse as it is a multidisciplinary field.
- Students having a degree in this field can work in various sectors like education, pharmaceuticals, chemical, health and safety, waste management, research and development, consultancy, biotechnology, renewable energy, healthcare, sales and marketing and many more.
- The central, as well as state governments, also recruit environmental chemists for air, water, and land management projects.
- Students can apply for these job profiles: specialist in water treatment and waste disposal, environmental assessment analyst, environmental auditor, research associate in Universities, environmental health and safety coordinator, quality assurance officer in manufacturing (food, paper, chemical, plastics), and analytical specialist.
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