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Careers in Climate Change
Today, you can actually make money and help the planet. This is because climate change is now recognized by governments ...
Today, you can actually make money and help the planet. This is because climate change is now recognized by governments and the private sector as a problem that must be confronted, and many industries need experts to help reduce their carbon footprint and their energy costs.

American Fulbright scholar Alexis Ringwald is working on renewable energy at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi under Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nations Inter­governmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.? Before coming to India, Ringwald earned an interdisciplinary master's degree in environmental management from Yale University in Connecticut.

"People ask me, 'What are you going to do with that degree!'" Ringwald says. "I tell them that anyone who gets a degree combining environmental science or technology with business will find many opportunities these days."?Ringwald is looking for, and will most likely find, a position with a large corporate green team, a venture capital fund or a clean energy entrepreneur.

Neeraj Doshi, from Kota, Rajasthan, recently returned from the United States with a master's degree in environmental policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He leads the Artha Initiative in New Delhi, which invests in sustainable projects in land and water management and renewable energy. "There are so many careers now in the area of preventing climate change and the list gets longer day by day as we hit the reality of climate change," says Doshi. "These range from developing energy friendly technology to conducting public awareness campaigns on individuals' impact on the climate."

Jobs are opening up across all types of sectors.

"Climate change will affect everyone and everything," says Ringwald. "Water resour­ces will be affected, the insurance sector will be affected. So will agriculture companies, farmers and forestry. A lot of jobs will be 'risk analysts' for all types of sectors."

Here are some of those jobs, many of which didn't exist a few years ago.

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