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(CareerBuilder.com) -- In the past few decades, American lawmakers, citizens and businesses have been exploring various ways to "go green," with hopes of preserving the earth's natural resources and our standard of living.

Consumers are increasingly choosing organic produce. Gas-guzzling automobile models are being traded for more fuel-efficient modes of transportation.

Homes and offices are undergoing eco-friendly renovations and low-energy construction to include reusable materials and increase energy efficiency.

With environmentalism efforts on the upswing, the working world is making changes as well. Companies are implementing recycling and community effort programs to clean up.

Employers are offering reimbursements for purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles or finding other means of commuting. Recyclable materials are commonly used in the workplace. With all of these changes, finding eco-friendly employment has never been easier.

If your expertise isn't science-related, it doesn't mean you're out of luck.

Education, communication, business and most other lines of work all have jobs evolving from society's drive to become more eco-friendly. Science teachers and professors school the public at an early age about environmental well-being. Public health officials keep an eye out for health and environmental safety. Eco-friendly interior designers and architects create buildings and spaces that save energy without losing style. Housekeepers and dry-cleaners are ditching harsh chemicals and processes in favor of more energy- and air-friendly means of cleaning.

So, even if your interests and work history don't involve years of agricultural studies or water conservation, you can still find a job that lets you "go green."

Here are just a few jobs with green opportunities out there:

1. Hydrologist:external link The median annual income is $51,080.*

2.Environmental Engineer:external link The median annual income is $50,000.

3.Pest Control Technician:external link The median annual income is $30,500.

4. Conservation Biologist:external link The median annual income is $52,480.

5. Science Teacher:external link The median annual income of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers ranges from $41,400 to $45,920.

6. Toxicologist:external link The median annual income is $79,500.

7. Pollution Control Technician:external link The median annual income is $32,000.

8. Fund-raising Director:external link The median annual income is $45,000.

9. Ecologist:external link The median annual income is $68,950.

10. Camp Counselor:external link The median annual income is $19,320.

11. Business Manager:external link The median annual income is $50,000.

12. Economist:external link The median annual income is $72,780.

13. Forester:external link The median annual income is $48,230.

14. Environmental Attorney:external link The median annual income for attorneys specializing in construction, real estate and land use is $70,000.

15. Community Affairs Manager:external link The median annual income is $56,000.

16. Environmental Health and Safety Technician:external link The median annual income is $35,500.

17. Landscape Architect:external link The median annual income is $53,120. For landscape architects in nonsupervisory, supervisory and managerial positions for the federal government, the average annual income was $74,508.

18. Waste Disposal Manager:external link The median annual income is $35,000.

19. Environmental Chemist:external link The median annual income is $51,080.

20. Corporate Waste Compliance Coordinator:external link The median annual income is $39,000.

21. Urban and Regional Planner:external link The median annual income is $45,250.

22. Agricultural Inspector:external link The median annual income is $35,000.

23. Wastewater Water Operator:external link The median annual income is $35,000.

24. Wildlife Biologist:external link The median annual income is $42,000.

25. Pollution Control Engineer:external link The median annual income is $66,000.

* Salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com.


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