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hello all, i hope this is the right sort of question for this forum, oh well, here goes. i'm about to start an open university degree course in environmental studies, with the long term aim of a change in career, i'm interested in becoming an environmental consultant. does anyone have any experience of this degree, is it suitable? my main concern is that it might be too much 'studies', and not enough 'science'. does anyone have any advice regarding environmental consultancy, or courses in general. i can't afford to go back to university again, and am a bit old to be an undergrad again, so this might be my only way into the industry. thanks in advance for any advice. p.s, great forum by the way 
Hi, finbarThere are many types of environmental consultants. In geology, my field, there are at least two types - those involved in water management,and those that do waste site and isolation studies for hazardous materials. I myself have done both. Aquifer studies for keeping water sources clean and evaluation of the regional geology of the nuclear waste site at Oak Ridge National Labs that my partner did the seismic studies on.There are other types as well - meteorological, mine tailings control, physics of water turnover in lakes, evaluation of soil stability for buildings and houses - on and on. Google "environmental consultant" you will people who do a lot of things. The thing they hav in common is that their studies are based on one core science and they usually stick with just that area of expertise. That is, unless it is a big company.