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The Interlocal Solid Waste Authority was established in 1991 after the Solid Waste Authority Act of 1991 and is comprised of Franklin, Bedford, Lincoln and Moore Counties and the City of Tullahoma as members, as well as cities within these counties who have adopted resolutions to participate in the transportation and disposal of solid waste and in its education program.
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Environmental Careers & Business Opportunities

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1.Environmental Education This is a field that requires a 4 year bachelor’s degree for the most part, however there aren’t enough college graduates in the science and engineering fields to fill the demand available in the job market today.

2.Air and Water Quality management
The jobs in this category consists of engineers, scientists and technicians to assure the quality of our air and water is safe and to repair any problems created in the past and prevent any in the future. Manufactures hire engineers and technicians to monitor current levels of emissions and to develop new ways to lower or prevent air and water pollutants from entering our atmosphere. Governments hire air and water professionals to establish, enforce, conduct research, inspect and monitor to assure better air and water qualities. The salaries are depending on your choice of position and the level of education obtained.

3.Meteorologist and Meteorological Technician
This is the study of the air surrounding the earth also known as the atmosphere by using modern technology to determine how its physical characteristics, motions and processes affect the rest of the environment. A meteorologist will specialize on one of these three categories: Operational or synoptic whose job is to forecast the weather, Physical meteorologist study the chemical and physical properties of the atmosphere. Some of their concerns include the effects of acid rain and ozone depletion to the environment. Climatologist collect, analyze and interpret past r4ecords of wind, rainfall, temperature and sunshine in global regions and determine how these changes affect various components of the environment. Their work is also used to help design buildings, heating and cooling systems and devise better farming techniques. The starting salary for those with a BS degree with no experience is from $28,000 – $35,000 depending on your grades in school. If you have a Master’s degree, the average salary is between $42,000 – $54,000.

4.Air Pollution Control Technician performs laboratory and field tests to determine the quality of the air in any specific area either inside a physicality or outdoors. You are able to obtain this job with a high school diploma, but more and more employers are starting to require technical training for either 1-3 years, and sometimes even requiring a BS degree. The salary for this job will be determined by your education and experience level and whether you are working for public or private industry. The range is 20,000-62,000.

5.Environmental Engineer a subfield of Civil Engineering will design, construct and supervise programs to improve the environment and public health. These engineers are being called on to solve some of the nation’s most pressing environmental problems. Average salary for BS degree is $44,000 MS 48,000.

6.Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrologists use their knowledge of math and science to solve the world’s problems pertaining to quantity, quality and availability of water. This profession is in demand with an average salary for a BS degree from $49,000 -$52,000.

7. Water Pollution Control Technician determines sources of water pollution and methods of reducing it. Most people in this field work at water treatment plants. The minimum education required is a high school diploma. Some employers prefer a technical degree. The average salary for this position is $34,000.

Energy and Resource Engineering is a career that helps design new ways to provide the resources we need while lessening the environmental impact

8.Transportation Professional plans, design, constructs and operate all modes of transportation, and they do it in the most energy effective manner that requires the least environmental impact. Transportation Professional comes from a variety of backgrounds like engineering, planning, landscaping, computers and environmental concerns. An entry level position with a BS degree is from $29,000 to $58,000

9.Petroleum Engineer use their expertise to extract crude oil and natural gas from the earth. A BS degree is required with an average salary of $59,000. There are also support jobs in this field for less educated skilled workers who earn an hourly wage from $16.00 -$18.00.

10.Electrical and Electronics engineer will design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical and electronic equipment, components or systems for commercial, industrial, military or scientific use. They are credited for developing ways to utilize cleaner sources of electricity, and more efficient methods of getting the electricity to the customers. A BS degree is required with a starting average salary of $51,000 and $64,000 with a Master’s Degree.

11.Electric power Generation technician keep the power constantly flowing from power plants and substations to the public. There are the Power plant operators that control the machinery that generates the electricity, and the Power distributors and dispatchers that control the flow of electricity through transmission lines to users. A high school diploma is required for this job with most of the training coming on the job. Most employers prefer a strong background in math and science. Most technical schools are offering a certification for this field which would enable the employee to move up more quickly. The salary range for these jobs $34,000-$53,000

12.Mechanical Engineer including Solar Power Engineers deal with mechanical design, heat transfer, energy conversion, fuel combustion technology, noise control and acoustics, robotic controls, solar energy and the impact of technology on society. Those with a BS degree will make from $28,000-$50,000, and with a Masters $59,000-$65,000

13.Energy Management Technician This career is divided into three different categories the first of which is an Energy research technician who perform research and run test to decrease energy consumption. Secondly, Energy production technicians who work with engineers and other technicians to install, operate, modify and repair systems and devices that convert raw energy inputs into usable energy supplies. The last division is energy conservation technicians who are involved with appraising energy use of existing structures and suggesting ways to increase energy conservation. Although there are no education requirements for this position, most employers prefer an associate’s degree from a community college or technical institute. The average salary from $20,000-$39,000.
Planning and Design for the person who wants to make a significant impact in their home, neighborhoods, jobs and recreational environments a career in planning will offer this unique opportunity to develop land use plans and assure they are carried out properly.

14.Planner can lessen the environmental impact, traffic congestion, ease human and environmental stresses, solve social problem such as crime, poverty, affordable housing for any area through proper planning. They can also enhance the aesthetic and environmental quality of communities by preserving parks, natural areas and open space. A BS degree in planning is required for this job that has a salary range of $34,000. To $83,000. Depending on your education, location and if working in private or public sector

15.Architect designs new building and remodels older ones. They can influence how we feel about a building, and they can influence their clients in building green environmentally friendly structures. A BS degree from an accredited school is required or a 6 year master’s degree you must then get licensed by the state after working for a firm for at least 3 years and passing a 4 day testing process. The average salary would be between $ 60,000-$90,000. Those just starting their internship can be expected to make considerably less.

16.Landscape Architect design the outside world for a client’s building, home, park chopping center. Their focus is to provide a design that is not only functional but also beautiful and compatible with the natural environment. Must have a 4-5 year bachelor’s degree in landscape architect. The expected salary range is $33,000 - $53,000. Some areas and business will pay more

17.Design Technician are involved with designing, planning and constructing an environmentally sound building. A degree from a technical school is required, and you will earn more per year if you get a degree from a 4 year institution. The entry salary for an employee with a 2 year technical degree is around $29,000. Those with a 4 year degree the salary range is from $39,000 to $69,000 depending on experience.

18.Surveyor and Mapping Scientist Land surveyors establish official land, air, space and water boundaries: write descriptions of land for deeds, leases and other legal documents or air space for airports. Mapping Scientist measure, map and chart the earth’s surface over larger areas. Most surveyors have completed post-secondary courses and have had on the job training. However more specialized jobs in this field such as Cartographers and photogrammetrists require at least a BS degree. The salary range is $28,000-$60,000.

19.Survey and Mapping Technician assist the chief instrument worker under a supervising surveyor, civil engineer or cartographer to record geographic data. Environmentalist use advanced mapping techniques to track endangered species, measure the destruction of environmentally sensitive areas, and study various ecosystems. A skilled technician can have a positive effect on these new and exciting areas. Educational requirements for this job is a 1, 2 or 3 year degree from a technical school.
Forestry and Outdoor Recreation These jobs are designated to protect wildlife, natural resources, habitats and protect all designated recreation areas .

20.Forester is responsible for the protection, management and development of forestlands and their resources. They are interested in preserving wildlife habitats and must seriously weigh the balance between economic interest and the health of the ecosystem. A BS in forestry is required for this job and the salary range is $30,000-$70,000 depending on location and years of experience.

21.Forester technician will plan, conduct and supervise all forestry projects. The need good written and verbal skills for giving presentations and training. They need a broad knowledge of all aspects of forestry. An AS degree from a community college or technical school is required and salary ranges from $20,000-$35,000

22.Range Manager/Rangeland Specialist/ Soil Scientist are trusted to protect and preserve piblic rangeland ecosystems while maintaining the land for public recreational use and private economic activity. They use their knowledge of conservation science to guide private and public land-use practices. A soil scientist focus is on land-use practices and conservation measures that will minimize soil erosion. A BS degree is required in Range management with an expected salary between $25,000-$58,000.

23.Park Ranger are responsible for carrying out multiple duties in parks, historical sites, and recreational areas. They supervise, manage and perform work in the conservation and use of resources in national parks and other federally managed areas, including forest fire control, education of the public, law enforcement and search and rescue. A 4 year bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management. The salary range is $18,000-$32,000

24.Recreation worker plan, organize and direct activities that help people enjoy and benefit from their leisure hours. Bachelor’s degree most often expected. Salary $13,000-$34,000
Biological and Life Sciences the study all the aspects of all life forms.

25.Biologist study the relationship of living organism to their environments and the effects. Almost any field that involves the study of living things requires the knowledge and services of biologist. They are present in every aspect of the environmental sciences from medical research, health and safety to wastewater and hazardous materials treatment. They have an increasingly important role in environmental science in the emerging science of biotechnology where biologists are developing technology to recombine the genetic material of animals or plants, making organisms more productive and disease resistant. Salaries range from $35,000-$101,000. Depending on your education and area of expertise.

26.Wildlife Manager/Wildlife Biologist protect, conserve and manage wildlife and its habitats. Education requirements is a BS in Wildlife Biology and the salary range is $24,000.-$58,000 depending on your level of education and the sector in which you are employed.

27.Oceanographer study the movements and physical properties of plant and animal life and the geologic structure of the oceans using principals and techniques of the geological sciences, mathematics and engineering. Education requires a BS in marine biology or geology with salaries ranging from $29,000-$67,000. Depending on your level of education and the sector in which you are employed

28.Chemist study the basic structure of matter like what things are made of and how the act and react to each other. They must use their problem solving skills and what they know about living and nonliving things to provide help advance medicine, agriculture and to devise ways to improve the quality of our food, water and air. A BS in chemistry is required with a salary range from $33,000-90,000

29. Toxicologists are responsible for the development of new and better ways to determine the potential harmful effects of chemical and physical agents and the amount (dosage) that causes such effects. An essential part of this task is developing an understanding of the basic molecular, biochemical and cellular processes responsible for diseases caused by exposure to chemical or physical substances. Also the design and carry out carefully controlled studies of specific chemicals of social and economic importance to determine the conditions under which they can be safely, having little or no impact on human health or the environment. Another of their responsibilities is to assess the probability or likelihood that particular chemicals processes, or situations present an significant risk to human health and/or the environment and assist in the establishment of rules and regulations aimed at protecting and preserving human health and the environment. The previous responsibilities of a toxicologist are according to the Society of Toxicology. A BS in Biology, chermistry or pharmacology will get you a job in a laboratory as a technician. It will take a Masters in toxicology to become an assistant laboratory researcher or project manager, but it’s the Doctoral degree that will get you where you really want to be. Salaries ranging from $35,000.00 to $100,000.00 Depending on your level of education and the sector in which you are employed

30.Science Technician set-up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments; monitor experiments; calculate and record results; and often develop conclusions. A two year degree from a community college or technical school is required, but many holding these positions have 4 year bachelor degrees. The pay range for this position is $33,000-$63,000 Depending on your level of education and the sector in which you are employed

31.Agricultural and Animal Sciences this discipline allowed humans to develop commerce, make technological advances, and spread and intermingle their varied cultures across the globe

32.Agronomist is the study of plants and soil and their surrounding agricultural environment. A bachelor degree is required for this field, however many are entering this discipline with masters and PhD’s. The average salary range is $31,000-$73,000 Depending on your level of education and the sector in which you are employed
33.Agricultural Engineer is involved in every aspect of agriculture from food production and processing to marketing and distribution. There are four main areas of focus: product design, process engineering, systems engineering and resource engineering. BS degree required with salary range $28,000-$91,000 Depending on your level of education and the sector in which you are employed

34.Agricultural Technician assists the agricultural engineer in their duties. A technical or 2 year degree in agriculture is required. The salary range is $22,000-$52,000 Depending on your level of education and the sector in which you are employed

35.Botanist is the study of plant life to discover its structure, physiology, heredity, distribution and economic value. A BS degree is required but at this level you will be able to work in a laboratory, garden, park technician and academic research position. For a professional career in botany a Master’s degree is required and a PhD is preferred since most of these jobs are with colleges and universities. The salary range is from $29,000.-$55,000

36.Horticulturist study and cultivate vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries and flowers in order to discover better growing and harvesting methods. There is no required education, but most employers prefer a bachelor degree. Salary range $28,000-$53,000

37.Entomologist is scientists who study insects and their kin, particularly pests and bugs that inflict disease upon and kill crops and animals. This discipline requires a masters or above and the pay range is $38,000-63,000. Those entering the field with a bachelor’s degree can expect to make around $28,000. Per year

38.Animal Scientist strive to develop healthier and more efficient ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs and milk. Requires a BS in Animal Science and the salary range is $31,000-$87,000 Depending on your level of education and the secctor in which you are employed

39.Veterinarians are responsible for maintaining the health of animals kept as pets, livestock and in zoos. You must complete the 8 year degree of doctor of veterinary medicine salaries range from $40,000-$118,000

40.Veterinarian Technician will assist the veterinarian, keep records, take specimens, perform laboratory tests, prepare animals and instruments for surgery, take and develop radiographs, dress wounds. A technical or two year degree in veterinary technology. Salary range from $17,000-$36,000
Waste Management and Environmental Site Assessment The amount of waste that any one person generates per day has increased in the past 30 years from 2.7 ppd (pounds per day) to 4ppd. The jobs in the Waste management and Environmental Site Assessment category handle this waste in the most economically and environmental friendly way possible. It can be taken care of through means of source reduction, recycling, incineration, hazardous waste collection, and landfilling.

41.Environmental Risk manager/Site Assessor For a person with a business and science background this could be a good career choice. An environmental risk manager is responsible for measuring and weighing risk and assuring a safe workplace. They also make sure the business or organization has a limited amount of risk exposure. A BS degree is required and preferred Master’s Degree. The salary range is anywhere between $35,000-$260,000.

42.Solid Waste Management Professional They make recommendations on ways to collect, move, store and dispose of solid waste. There are very few college programs dedicated to solid waste management, but most (not all) Solid Waste Management Professional have a degree in alternate field. Average salary range is $28,000-$55,000

43.Hazardous Waste Management Professional Much like the Solid Waste Management Professional except you are dealing with ways to treat and contain Hazardous Waste. The education and salary range is also the same as for the Solid Waste Professional above

44.Waste management Technician are concerned with waste reduction, recycling clean waste combustion and sanitary landfills. There are no minimum education requirements for this position. Most physicality’s operators are trained on the job. Employers will however look for a working knowledge of math and science. The salary will range from $22,000-$40,000

45.Environmental Engineer will use their expertise to solve environmental problems in areas such as design and planning, manufacturing, product development, computer programming, research and development, public policy and management. Their major areas of wrok are air pollution control, industrial hygiene, radiation protection, hazardous waste management, toxic materials control, waste water disposal, solid waste disposal, environmental remediation and land management. A BS degree in environmental or civil engineering is required for this position with a salary range of $32,000. -$55,000.

The following is a listing of web sites that may give you ideas for starting your own green businesses so you can start to make money while making a difference taken from the book 75 Green Businesses by Glenn Croston, PhD: This is my website

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Carol is the Regional Administrator of Education, Recycling & Waste Reduction and is available for presentations to organizations and groups, as well as for workshops, education booths, classroom programs, and for help organizing and setting up school and business recycling programs, drives and teacher in-service training.
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