Humanity has always engineered the environment around us. From the earliest days of wetland drainage and the need to acquire fresh water, to keep it flowing and keep it clean enough to drink, building cesspits to take away our waste and to stop pollution of vital waterways, we have always strived to maximize our sanitation and living conditions in order to expand and survive.

Sanitation is a large part of our civil evolution; without it, we would succumb more often to water-borne disease and illness – raising our mortality rates and lowering our quality of life. Therefore, we’ve always needed to find bigger and better ways of taking away our sewage, cleaning our water and harnessing natural or artificial water supplies for our health and environment. Since the industrial revolution in the 19th century we have needed to prevent businesses and individuals from polluting the environment with harmful substances. The modern environmental engineer is dedicated to keeping our air and water clean of pollutants and promoting good health and these days, protection against radioactive and toxic materials too; they also study the potential effects of climate change and other environmental factors on the infrastructure that sustains us.

Job opportunities in Ecology and the Environment include:

  • Community Co-operation Specialists
  • Ecology and Climate Scientists
  • Environmental Impact Specialists
  • Social Impacts / Safeguards Specialists
  • Water Resource Engineers

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