= Is it realistic of me to expect a good career in environmental related sciences with just an associates degree? =

So I. 17 M really want to go into environmental science but I don't wanna go to a 4 year college. I've found out I can just go to technical college instead but that just gets me an associates degree and according to my research pretty much everything in this field requires a bachelor's degree that I don't want to get because Icollege. Is it realistic of me to expect a GOOD job in the field of environment with just an associates degree or am I just dreaming here?
EDIT: thank you all so much for your honest response. I now know that I'm dreaming and need to either pick a different field of study or go to a four year college. And about the whole 4 year college thing. Im an EXJW ex Jehovah's witness. Jehovah's witnesses are fiercely opposed to higher education and I was born and indoctrinated as one. They use powerful fear propaganda to convince people college is a waste of time and the end of the world is coming. I recently woke up however and realized Jehovah's witnesses are a destructive cult. And after your response I may have to re-think my stance on college..

A four-year degree is pretty much a basic requirement for any env. science job and pretty much any science career in general. If you want to work in environmental without a degree, your options will likely be limited to glorified weed pulling, volunteer style gigs for non-profits, or maybe a role in an environmental consulting office that is unrelated to STEM (secretary, HR, etc. although I think even those roles would prefer a four-year degree). The environmental field is already saturated with tons of young people who
*are* willing to get a degree

The college system is definitely messed up and university isn’t ideal for everyone. If you really don’t want to get a bachelor’s then you’re probably better off securing a job in a different industry and volunteering for environmental orgs on the side. Maybe that will lead to a job in time but definitely not a high-paying one

You’re dreaming, unless you like field work/manual labor

Interesting that you’ve decided youcollege at the wise age of 17

Join the Army or something bro, figure out if you want to do college after that. Sounds like you would benefit from taking some sort of break to mature a little bit. Besides, then you’d get free college and most of your stated worries would disappear
Seconding this. Join the army or the air force, take four years active and get free college. I did something similar and came back to the real world focused and with goals in mind

There are a few military jobs that could help you prepare for an environmental career, and having veterans status can help you get hired at federal jobs

College is definitely needed for any good environmental job, but the military is a good start on getting real world skills if you aren'tprepared for college

It depends on what you mean by realistic and what you mean by a good career. It will probably limit your upward mobility at some point if you have only an associates and your dad doesn’t own a company

You’re going to have to study and work hard at some point though. It’s better to start doing that in college than 5 years down the road when you run into closed doors

Had a BS in EnvSci and couldn't find work after a year. Decided to go back for MS in Bioinformatics

Don't just get a degree, get certs and experience too. That will make you hireable

You might be able to get something on local/county level doing field work or working for water/waste/stormwater management, mosquito control, etcbut you will have limited mobility to move up. Salaries can vary depending on the municipality

It’s completely unrealistic to think you will have a good career if you can’t learn to do things you dislike so you may as well get used to it and go to college

There are a lot of people with undergrad (bachelors ) and graduate degrees (masters) in the environmental field . Since it is an industry that relies on scientific training , a higher degree than an associates will be required at some point to not only have a livable but thriveable salary for you 

However - you don’t need to get a 4 year degree right away . You can get an associates degree and specific certifications (GIS, basic coding , restoration landscaping) and that will get you a job that requires those skills . You can get those certificates online and at community colleges (in person and online ) . Then you can work for a while and see how you feel about going back to college for a bachelors . Because you may not want to , so no use in putting that pressure on yourself unless your interests change 

Basically- For a better paying job in the environmental field that you can get with an associates , go for the tech skills to stack with it . Because those skills are in demand and you do not need a bachelors for it . And you won’t be stuck as a manual labor field jockey as you age and it gets much harder on the body 

A technical school degree will not prepare you for the career field. Associates is a start but the bare minimum is a Bachelor’s. When you do get your bachelors you’re gonna laugh at this post, thinking a minimal degree would suffice

Yes, you can get a good job working as an EHS technician. With a CDL, you can make more money than half the people replying in this thread

I had an ESH tech working for me that didn’t even have an associates. Did have 5-10 years experience of hazardous materials handling/management working at a LQG location processing wastes, doing weekly inspections, store terms sampling, asbestos, SPCC inspections, and more. The key to his success was that he taught himself the regulations. Catching a few breaks in his career path, he did quite well

Learn how to repair wind farms or EVs. Great jobs and you’ll help the environment everyday and be in HiGH demand

I’d look into wastewater certifications then, pays really well, EXTREMELY needed for the foreseeable future, and still doing somewhat environmental work :)
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