Ecology, and Biology
This is where my academic interests have been since
college. First came biology, then ecology, and then
geographic information systems (GIS). I am very much
a science and research-oriented person; as long as I
am doing something that involves research in a life
or physical science field, I am happy. However, I also
like working with computers, so GIS is a good way to
My Ideal Job in this Field
I wish I had a better concept of my ideal job. Instead,
I have a set of approximations of what would be a good
job for me.
- The topic of study has to be either ecological,
environmental, biological, or physical in some way.
Public health fits this category; so does environmental
assessment. Ideally, though, the topic will be something
of natural, environmental significance.
- There must be some spatial element to the topic
of study, ideally some form of geographic data requiring
GIS analysis but it is not necessary.
With this job market being so bad, I'm not so sure
if I will find a suitable job any time soon. So perhaps
it is time to go back to school. I am not prepared to
move (the real estate market is bad too, so no chance
of selling any time soon)...otherwise I might actually
have an easier time of finding a job in my field of
expertise. Thus, any school I go to has to be nearby,
affordable, and offer coursework that complements my
existing skillset somehow.
in Forestry (NC State) - concentrations in Conservation
& Restoration, Environmental Impact Assessment,
Forest Ecology & Management, and Geographic Information
Science are available. The downside would be that I
would be in the program for perhaps 3-5 years, earning
a stipend that would be no more than $16,000 unless
I went to school part-time, in which case my Ph.D would
take even longer.
of Geographic Information Science and Technology
(NC State) - an entirely online program that would cost
about $7000 for 2 years
Something different - If
I can't find a job in my field, then I will have to
consider a career change. It will be disappointing to
not be able to use all the skills I've acquired over
the past 10 years of college, grad school, and time
in between, but then that's life. If the flow changes,
I must go with it. I will try to hold out as long as
I can though.