Environmental and Natural Resources Management Pathway

People who work in the natural resource systems industry perform a variety of tasks from helping to develop, maintain and manage the forest and natural environment to catching and trapping various types of marine life for human consumption, animal feed, bait and other uses. Forest and rangelands supply wood products, livestock forage, minerals and water; serve as sites for recreational activities and provide habitats for wildlife. Conservation scientists and foresters manage, develop, use and help protect these and other natural resources.

People who work in the environmental service systems industry are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal and public health issues. Environmental engineers and technicians conduct hazardous-waste management studies, evaluate the significance of the hazard, offer analysis on treatment and containment and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal sewage and industrial wastewater systems. They analyze scientific data, research environmental projects and perform quality control checks. Increasing public health concerns, also will spur demand for these positions.

 Courses Offered within the Pathway

Sample Occupations

  • Agricultural Educator
  • Mining Engineer
  • Commercial Fisherman
  • Park Manager
  • Ecologist
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Compliance Assurance Manager
  • Pollution Prevention and Control Manager
  • Environmental Sampling Analysts
  • Pulp and Paper Manager
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Recreation and Tourism Director
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Soil Scientist
  • Forest Technicians
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Solid Waste Technician
  • Geologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Water Monitoring Technician
  • Health and Safety Inspector
  • Water Quality Inspector
  • Hydrologist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Logger
  • Wildlife Biologist

 Employment Outlook

Environmental scientists and hydrologists are expected to grow faster than average. A general heightened awareness regarding the need to monitor the quality of the environment, to interpret the impact of human actions on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and to develop strategies for ecosystem restoration are all increasingly important issues that will drive demand for Environmental scientists. Issues related to water conservation, deteriorating coastal environments, and rising sea levels also will stimulate employment growth of these workers. As the population increases and moves to more environmentally sensitive locations, environmental scientists and hydrologists will be needed to assess building sites for potential geologic hazards, to mitigate the effects of natural hazards such as floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes, and to address issues related to pollution control and waste disposal. Hydrologists and environmental scientists also will be needed to conduct research on hazardous-waste sites in order to determine the impact of hazardous pollutants on soil and ground water so that engineers can design remediation systems. Demand is growing for environmental scientists who understand both the science and engineering aspects of waste remediation.

 Minimum Equipment List

Equipment Lists - This suggested list provides the catalog numbers and pricing from Learning Labs, Inc. Equipment may be purchased from a vendor of your choice.