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Prepare in High School

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Want to begin preparing for a green career before you even leave high school?

Already know you have a passion for environmental issues, and think a green career might be for you? There are lots of ways to explore and prepare while you're in high school.

Take the Right Classes

Not many classes are specific to green, but many green careers require a strong grasp of math and science. Learn key skills and knowledge by taking as many of these classes as you can manage:


  • Algebra (two years)
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus


  • Earth or environmental sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Don't forget to take language arts and social studies courses too. These teach you how to communicate and help you understand green issues in the context of politics, culture, and history.

Take College Classes Early

Find out if your school participates in programs where you can earn college credits in high school. These also allow you to explore advanced topics. Don't forget to consider Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) which allow you take actual classes at a college for free.

If you plan to go to college, make sure you take the right high school courses to prepare for and get into college.

Hobbies and Activities

There are many hobbies and activities out there to help you learn about environmental issues and try on a green career.