Where can I make a difference in solving environmental problems?

Hi, I am very passionate about the environment and renewable energy. I want to become and engineer because math is one of my best subjects, and I love that I could be a part in solving some of the problems in our world. I am entering into my second semester of college and trying to decide whether I want to major in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and focusing on renewable engery systems or Environmental Engineering. What I am wondering is which major will it possibly be easiest for me to enter into a green line of work and are there any states that have more opportunities for these types of engineers? Thank you :)
posted by Marisa, LaSalle on December 26, 2013

Answer by Sandra Begay-Campbell

All of the engineering disciplines you mentioned can support your renewable energy career pursuits. For example, I’m a civil and structural engineer by training but I now manage renewable energy work and education for potential customers. The more important factor will be your grade point average and progress shown in your transcripts. We all will have difficult semesters; however, you can show progress if you worked hard to improve your grades (should you need to).

The most important is to follow a passion which sounds like renewable energy and this also my passion. Good luck with your endeavors.