Chapter 1

Environmental Science and Careers What Is Environmental Science? Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field in which scientists, engineers, technicians, and other science professionals conduct research on plants, animals, and entire ecosystems and study environmental problems that have been caused by both the actions of humans and natural processes. People who work in environmental science have educational backgrounds and training in the physical and biological sciences (biology, chemistry, ecology, zoology, oceanography, atmospheric science, soil science, physics, and earth sciences such as geology and hydrology), engineering (especially chemical, environmental, hazardous waste management, and wastewater), and the social sciences (human geography, environmental planning, and environmental economics, and other fields). Environmental scientists try to make the world a better place by conducting research and identifying and solving environmental problems. Their work seeks to reduce the damage caused by global warming and climate change, ozone

Chapter 1: Environmental Science and Careers


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