Biological Scientist, USDA Forest Service
BS (Environmental Science) MS
Q & A
I would advise the student get a solid foundation in math and science and become actively engaged in extra curricular activities that are science and/or math oriented. These activities will help develop skills to create career and professional options and opportunities in the future. In addition, participate in internship programs as they offer many opportunities to gain invaluable hands-on experience and to form long-term personal and professional contacts.
I think the future outlook is bright simply because environmental problems and concerns are not going away. And issues around the environment are not just local, regional or national in scale, they are global.
As the population continues to grow, not only in the US but the rest of the world we will continue to add pressure to our precious natural resources. Sustaining these natural resources for future generations is a significant challenge. So, the Forest Service is charged with researching and managing forest, grass and range lands in the US so that land owners and managers can make management decision based on sound long-term research.
I like the day to day changes that research affords and the potential to produce a product that may influence environmental policy and land management decisions.