It’s a department with only good prospects for 10 years. I think you’d be better off going to college?

It’s been 15 years already. This is a story told by a senior who I met for the first time during an entrance interview for the Department of Environmental Engineering with a somewhat worried look. Looking back, the story of the senior was a word that showed the status of the environmental field at the time.

I study environmental engineering and climate change policy, and I am currently dealing with ‘management’ issues. As an engineering student, I have a history of working in various fields such as manufacturing, finance, and consulting. I worked as a ‘water quality engineer’ to respond to the organization’s environmental regulations, and an environmental consulting company that only deals with the environment planned climate change projects such as a new and renewable energy development project. ‘ I have work experience. Currently, I am consulting on sustainability management at an accounting firm.

While building careers in various sectors with the ‘environmental’ field, there are things in common that both made me hard and encouraged me. It is ‘awareness’ of the environmental field. Globally, even if they shouted “Green is Green” that green makes money, even those who look at the environment at work or even those in the environment department had the perception that the environmental field is a secondary and supportive work. Also, I was in a situation where I had to do 2-3 times better than other departments to get attention. It may be slightly different depending on the nature of the business, but it is also a department where restructuring becomes easy when the organization becomes difficult.

Of course, I am feeling the status of those who are in this field changing little by little in the field. Regardless of the evaluation of the president, there was an opportunity to change the perception thanks to the policy of ‘low carbon, green growth’. Looking at my case of becoming a living witness of a career in the environmental field, the size and salary of the company I work for has also improved rapidly. Also, I have been seeing jobs in the field of environment and climate change being selected in columns such as ‘promising jobs’ every few years at the beginning of each year.

The author of ‘The Future As We Know It Disappears’, which weaves 50 trends that change the world, introduces future jobs amid changes in the future society. She cites the development of alternative energy to prevent environmental pollution and global warming as an important topic of the future society. She is suggesting ‘Eco-friendly material developer, carbon credit trading broker, climate change police, housing energy efficiency inspector, new and renewable energy development research institute, climate change expert, urban agricultural activist, new energy development research institute, pollution control research institute, eco-friendly product material developer, product environment consultant , Precision Agriculture Engineer, Roof Garden Designer, Undersea Developer and More’ as future jobs that arise amid these changes.

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Today, I also came across the news that a job portal for professionals in the environmental field was created by chance. Personally, I find it very encouraging.

While working in the environmental field, I experienced conflicts as a professional between conflicts such as environmental conservation and development, environmental characteristics and economic profitability, such as ‘beating rocks with eggs’. At the time, there were some things that were considered to be individual and individual problems, but thinking about it now, it was a conflict between ideologies due to the difference in the level of perception of the environment. Of course, it continues to this day, but I think this is also a part of the process we are going through to move toward a sustainable society.

Expanding social awareness of the importance of the environmental field and creating a variety of jobs is a very positive change toward a sustainable society beyond the simple earning of a living. I hope that this social atmosphere will increase even more so that people in the environmental field will be able to focus their energy on building their own ‘skills’ rather than the gap in ‘awareness’ and contribute to the ‘development of the environmental field’. In addition, we hope that environmental talents will become opinion leaders in society.

Senior, isn’t it a department with a good outlook now?