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Environmental scientists to protect the planet
Median annual pay: $61,700
Environmental scientist jobs may grow only at an average rate of 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the BLS, but for people who care about protecting the planet, it can be a rewarding career. Environmental scientists are tasked with identifying problems and finding solutions that protect the health of the environment and its inhabitants.
Environmental scientists spend their days gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions and typically work in all types of weather. According to the BLS, fieldwork can be physically demanding and may require travel to different locations.
To become an environmental scientist, you'll need a four-year degree. The median salary for an environmental scientist is $61,700 per year, or $29.66 per hour, according to a 2010 BLS estimate.