Lobbyist

What do they do? Advance forestry and environmental issues in the legislature.

Description: Lobbyists and citizen activists draft initiatives on common environmental issues, obtain public support and funding, and advance them through state and federal legislative bodies. People of assorted skills, backgrounds, and education levels are involved in this kind of work. Communication skills are key to getting messages across, particularly in writing. Anyone working in this field must have a good grasp of current events. Start as an intern to learn the administrative ropes, and be available to move into a full-time position when the opportunity arises.

Education: Four-year degree, usually in journalism, political science, or law. Many lobbyists have master’s degrees.

Salary: Salaries with nonprofits start at $6.50 per hour; with government agencies, about $9.00. With experience, one can advance to $30,000 per year.