It’s time for business leaders to rethink transformation with a human-centered approach. Experts explain how.

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Insider C-Suite reporter Ebony Flake (L); Colin Brennan, chief customer officer at Alight Solutions (C); journalist, author, and speaker Jennifer Moss (R).

  • Experts say business leaders must embrace transformation or risk getting left behind.
  • As organizations are gutted by the Great Resignation, a people-centric approach is essential.
  • Experts advise rethinking your company approach to how business transformation happens.
  • This article is from Insider’s “Transforming Business” event, presented by Alight, on December 9, 2021.  

From return-to-work protocols and vaccination mandates to hybrid workforces, business leaders have had to embrace a rapid transformation of the workplace. But some experts say taking a people-centric approach — prioritizing what inspires and motivates people — could set businesses up for sustainable change. 

In the panel discussion, presented by Alight Solutions, experts outlined specific ways in which business leaders can adopt change that avoids employee burnout, stimulates morale, and limits turnover.

“Businesses have to respond to change, whether it’s technology change or innovation, or things going on in the environment,” Colin Brennan, the chief customer officer at Alight Solutions, said during the panel discussion. “Throughout the course of time, we’ve seen the industrial revolution and the digital revolution, and now, arguably, we’re in the people revolution.”

As organizations across the country are gutted by a mass exodus of employees in what’s now been dubbed “the Great Resignation,” business leaders would be wise to adapt how they approach a workplace transformation around the needs of their employees, said Jennifer Moss, award-winning journalist, author, and workplace consultant.

A McKinsey survey suggests that for transformations to succeed, organizations need employee buy-in at all levels. There are many ways businesses can approach transformation to ease employee fatigue in what Brennan called the “people revolution.”

Moss said that leaders don’t have to overhaul their companies overnight. Instead, internal culture can be created — or modified — in increments. “I’ve been urging leaders to think about transformation as not having to be a linear move in a direction forward, but potentially laterally, thinking about things in a sideways definition around transformation instead of just in this linear movement toward a goal,” she said. “You take parts of what you had originally that are working and then try to either augment that or change it. That could be paradigm shifting.”

Additionally, employee burnout has to be considered when strategizing business transformation, Moss said. “Attrition is now a bottom-line issue for organizations who once took a ‘growth at all cost’ approach to business transformation.” 

Offering an employee-assistance program can help employees cope with change and a host of other interpersonal issues affecting their work performance. But making sure employees understand how to use their benefits is key.

“One of the biggest challenges we see is that employers offer a lot of benefits to their employees, and often, people don’t know how to use them,” Brennan said. “So it’s all about change management that engages the employee holistically.”

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Memorize these scripts so you can call out microaggressions at work and support your colleagues

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Racism in the workplace is a lot more common than most would expect.

  • Microaggressions are subtle or unintended remarks that are racist or otherwise offensive. 
  • Researchers are examining the health impacts of microaggressions, as well as coping strategies
  • But it’s equally as important for allies to speak up and stop microaggressions, experts said.

Microaggressions are indirect or unintentional acts or remarks that are racist, sexist, ageist, ableist, or otherwise offensive. While they are often subtle in nature, they are a widespread problem with significant consequences on a person’s mental and physical health

Experiencing repeated discrimination, including microaggressions, increases rates of anxiety, depression, and heart disease, per a meta-analysis of multiple studies.

Researchers are currently exploring how people of color deal with microaggressions. A study by Michigan State University and Mills College published in the scientific journal Wiley earlier this month examined mental strategies Latin students use to deal with microaggressions. The researchers offered some advice and called for more research to help people of color better cope with racism. But while researchers develop coping strategies, it’s important for allies to stop microaggressions while they’re happening, diversity consultants told Insider. 

In the aftermath of 2020’s racial reckoning, allies need to step up and support their Black colleagues and colleagues of color, Beverly Tatum, a nationally recognized scholar and author of multiple books on race in America, previously told Insider. 

“A white person should think to themselves, ‘What can I do to make a difference?'” Tatum said. 

Business Insider asked experts what to do if you’re an ally, white or otherwise, and witness a microaggression against one of your colleagues. Here’s a few ways to respond, including sample scripts of what to say. 

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June 2020. 

Speak up and address it in a calm, direct manner. 

It’s important for allies to stand up for their Black and brown colleagues at work, said Sheena Howard, associate professor of communication for the online Masters of Business Communication program at Rider University. 

If, for example, a white colleague asks to touch a Black colleague’s hair, or worse, does so without their consent, an ally should speak up and call it out. 

“A white colleague in this situation, let’s call her Jane, can explicitly stand up against this form of racism. Jane can approach it face-to-face in public, face-to-face in private, or via email with the person that is acting inappropriately,” Howard told Business Insider. 

Howard said you could say: “It’s really not appropriate to ask to touch anyone’s hair – that’s a microaggression and we don’t do that here.” 

Minda Harts, author of “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table,” provided additional insight. 

“Make them aware of how inappropriate touching someone else’s hair is without their consent. You can also add, ‘I realize it probably wasn’t your intention, but put yourself in their shoes,'” Harts said. 

Or perhaps a colleague accidentally uses a word with racist origins such as the word “uppity,” which some use today to me “arrogant,” but historically was used to describe Black people that “didn’t know their socioeconomic place.”

Bradley Brummel, associate professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa who specializes in harassment, said you could say something along the lines of: “I just read an article that the term you used has a problematic origin. I think we should use other terms or language for that idea.”

“If done kindly and without direct confrontation, the point can be made without escalating the situation or assuming aggressive intent,” he said. 

Ask a pointed question that draws attention to the problematic behavior. 

Putting the onus on a person to explain their racist remark or action is another way to draw attention to the problematic behavior.

For example, say you and a group of colleagues are in a meeting reviewing résumés of people you just interviewed and someone makes fun of not being able to pronounce a Black candidate’s name. 

An ally should intervene, and could do so by posing a question, Harts said. 

Here’s what she suggests saying: “What did you mean by that comment? What’s wrong with their name?” 

Speaking up in these situations matters, because it shows your Black colleagues you are an ally, and teaches everyone else what is and what isn’t allowed. 

“The more someone realizes their biases or racism will no longer be tolerated, the more we are actively reinforcing a no-tolerance zone for racism,” Harts said. 

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I’ve played keyboard for The Rolling Stones for 40 years — here’s what my life is like on and off tour

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Mick Jagger and Chuck Leavell performing in Atlanta on the No Filter Tour in November 2021.

  • Chuck Leavell is the principal keyboardist for The Rolling Stones and has toured since 1982.
  • Besides being a musician, Leavell is also a tree farmer and owns land in Georgia with his wife.
  • Here’s what his jobs are like, as told to writer Jenny Powers. 

By 1982, at the age of 30, I’d already spent half of my life working my way up the ranks of the music industry. 

Music played an integral part in my life ever since my childhood days when I’d tug on my mother’s skirt and beg her to play the piano for me. When I was 13 and saw Ray Charles perform live, I remember walking away thinking out of all the professions in the world, that’s what I wanted to be. 

I spent my teenage days performing at the local YMCA near my home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Chuck Leavell, photo Allen Farst
Leavell.

I joined The Allman Brothers Band in 1972 when I was 20 and played with them for four years until they temporarily disbanded in 1976. After the breakup, I formed the rock/jazz/blues fusion group Sea Level with Allman’s drummer Jaimoe. We released five critically acclaimed albums and toured relentlessly. 

But in 1982, for the first time in a long time, things were beginning to slow down and the phone was ringing less and less. 

The year before, my wife Rose Lane had inherited Charlane Plantation, a 1,000-acre parcel of land in Dry Branch, Georgia, from her grandmother. Although we intended to keep the land, we didn’t know exactly what we were going to do with it. 

One afternoon, I came home frustrated and began venting about how the phone wasn’t ringing and maybe it was time to just forget about music for a while. 

When I was done ranting, my wife informed me that while I was out, the legendary rock concert promoter Bill Graham, known for his work with The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, had called to see if I’d be interested in auditioning as the principal keyboardist for The Rolling Stones. I’ve been recording albums and touring all over the world with the band ever since. 

People are always surprised by how much downtime there is on tour

Chuck Leavell and his wife of 48 years, Rose Lane Lucy Hewitt Photography.
Chuck Leavell and his wife of 48 years Rose Lane.

Before the pandemic, one of the things I loved most was that my wife would often travel with me and we’d have the chance to visit friends all over the world. 

COVID-19 forced us to be more creative when it came to downtime on the tour since we were in a tight bubble. While I was able to enjoy the occasional meal out in a few cities, I spent most of the time in my hotel room on my computer preparing for our upcoming activities at Charlane, which is now a nature preserve and lodge. I even bought a vintage 1953 Willys M170 Jeep one day while browsing on Facebook. I plan to have it converted into a hunting vehicle with dog boxes and shotgun boxes.

I always have a portable full 88-key keyboard with built-in speakers with me so I get practice in. On tour, we always do sound checks the afternoon of a show and often practice certain songs then.

In addition to being the band’s principal keyboardist, the guys have bestowed upon me the title “musical navigator,” which comes from my practice of documenting most everything we do during rehearsals, from keeping set lists to setting the pace for songs through hand signals and conducting. 

Charlie Watts often relied on my signals, so I grew used to looking across the stage and catching his eye while we played. Charlie and his wife owned a big horse farm in England, so we’d often talk about the outdoors and environmentalism during downtime. During the tour that we just wrapped up over Thanksgiving, it was hard looking across the stage and not seeing him anymore. 

Over the last 10 years, our tours have become much shorter, so I’m home on our tree farm most of the year

Chuck Leavell at home on a tractor, courtesy of Allen Farst
Leavell on his tractor at Charlane Woodlands.

I’m usually out there on my tractor from sunrise to sundown, working the land. Charlane Woodlands & Reserve has expanded to triple its original size, and in 1999 we were recognized as the National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.

Throughout the year, we keep busy managing our various tracts of timber doing things like prescribed burns at the right time of year, maintaining our network of roads, and thinning and harvesting. 

We also have a staff and run a lodge that accommodates overnight guests, small retreats, and events. We offer horseback trail rides, hunting experiences, and sometimes have children’s groups that visit to learn about nature and sustainable forestry. 

Now that The No Filter tour is over, I’m jumping right into our hunting season. Over the years, in addition to my work as a tree farmer, I’ve written three books about tree farming and conservation work, cofounded The Mother Nature Network, was featured in a documentary called “The Tree Man,” and currently host a PBS show about sustainable forestry called “America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell.”

No one knows how much longer we’ll be playing and going on tour

Mick Jagger and Chuck Leavell performing in Atlanta on the No Filter Tour in November 2021. Rick Diamond Photography
Leavell playing keyboard behind Mick Jagger during the 2021 No Filter Tour.

We’re obviously toward the end of the journey, but it’s not over yet. We don’t take touring lightly — it isn’t just a job to us. Each one of us is acutely aware of just how blessed we are to be able to do this as long as we have.  

Every time we hit the stage, we get up there and say, “Wow, can you believe we get to do this again night after night?”

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The best 5 countries to live in if you’re a freelancer

Singapore at night.
Singapore ranked as the best place to freelance in 2021, with a score of 7.35/10.

  • Tide carried out a survey of 30 countries to find the best country to be a freelancer.
  • Singapore ranked first, with the report noting the strong and fairly inexpensive internet there.
  • The US ranked outside the top 10.

Becoming a freelancer gives you the freedom to choose when and where you work. However, you might not always be able to find steady work. 

Depending on what you do and what country you’re in, this can feel like an extended vacation or it can be a time filled with anxiety and uncertainty.

Financial solutions company, Tide, carried out a survey of 30 countries to find the best place to be a freelancer. 

The survey used eight measurements to analyze how well-suited a country is to the needs of a freelancer.

Speed and cost of internet, number of coworking spaces, legal rights, gender equality, cost of living, number of searches for freelance work, and happiness were the measurements used.

The World Bank provided them information on legal rights, and they used the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 to assess gender equality. 

They used Numbeo for data on the cost of living and countryeconomy.com to assess happiness.

They used the Speedtest Global Index to find internet speed and data from Cable.co.uk to find internet costs. 

Coworker was their source for the number of coworking spaces available and they used Google Keyword Planner to find searches for freelance work.

They then used this and data from the World Population Review to work out the number of searches for freelance work and the number of coworking spaces per 100,000 people in each country.

They gave the data collected from each measurement an equal weighting and then combined them into a single score out of 10.

The US ranked 12th out of the 30 countries with a score of 6.12.

It seems that one of the main problems in the US is lack of demand for freelance work. The survey showed there were only 365 Google searches for freelancer work per 100,000 people.

These are the top five countries to freelance in, according to Tide.

1. Singapore

Singapore ranked as the best place to freelance in 2021, with a score of 7.35. 

This was largely due to quick, affordable internet and a large number of available coworking spaces.

2. New Zealand

New Zealand came second, scoring 7.20.

Internet costs are high in the country but strong ratings in legal rights, happiness, and gender equality saw it rank highly.

3. Spain

Spain was in third place with a score of 6.53.

Its main strengths were cost of living and gender equality.

4. Australia

Although Australia has the slowest broadband of the top 10 countries, it makes up for it in the Gender Gap Index and Happiness Index.

This ensured it placed fourth with a score of 6.49.

5. Denmark

Denmark has the second-highest cost of living of the top 10 but its happiness rating was top of all the countries in the survey at 7.65.

It also scored well in broadband speed and gender equality.

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Bill Gates’ tip for working from home: have a second screen that helps you stay in touch with colleagues

Billionaire Bill Gates sits on stage in front of a blue background wearing a black suit jacket and grey tie.
Bill Gates

  • Bill Gates said that workers lose spontaneity when working remotely. Having two screens could help.
  • He said workers could have a feed of all of their colleagues sitting in their home offices.
  • “When someone seems like they’re free to talk, you could just click on their video, zoom in, and start chatting,” he said. 

Just when it looked like workers could be returning to the office, the emergence of the Omicron variant means working from home is once again the prospect for many. But for those missing the office environment, Bill Gates may have a solution.

As the new variant spreads, companies are starting to push back their office returns. In some countries, such as the UK, people have been advised by government to work remotely where they can.

One of the most common complaints by business leaders and workers of the switch to remote working is the impact it can have on employee collaboration. Some argue that without the chance to turn and talk to the person sitting next to them, ideas and creativity can suffer — younger staff also miss out on the chance to learn

Now Gates has suggested a remedy: get a second screen and set up a feed with all your colleagues’ faces on it.  

In his annual blog, posted last week, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist mulled the challenge of home working and how the pandemic had disrupted work.

Gates wrote that spontaneity is the biggest thing workers lose when they’re not in the office, and spontaneous interaction stopped when many of us began working from home. 

“You aren’t exactly going to have an unplanned conversation with a colleague about your last meeting in your living room,” he wrote. 

He said he’s interested in how technology can “create more” spontaneity and that there are potential innovations in the pipeline to replicate it at home. 

Gates said that if people had a second screen that was cheap, as well as a physical place for it, workers could have a feed of all of their colleagues sitting in their home offices. 

“You could look at the screen to see what everyone is doing (except when someone wants privacy and turns the camera off),” wrote Gates. 

“When someone seems like they’re free to talk, you could just click on their video, zoom in, and start chatting,” he said. 

Gates said that this wasn’t radically different from how collaboration works today, and that we have the bandwidth and software to do it now. 

The workaround might not suit everybody. Some remote workers warn that excessive video calls are exhausting. A Stanford working paper into the phenomenon of “zoom-fatigue” speculated that constantly seeing their own face reflected back at them could be one of the reasons. 

Nick Bloom, another Stanford professor who has studied remote work during the pandemic,  said that if teams want to collaborate they’re better organising multiple one-on-ones, rather than a group call.

Gates uses his closely watched annual blog to sum up the previous year and share his predictions for the future. 

This year he predicted that virtual meetings could move to the metaverse within two to three years, and said that Microsoft was in the process of developing avatar-based tech.

He added that 2021 had been the “most unusual and difficult” year of his life, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the separation from his wife of 27 years, Melinda Gates. He was optimistic for 2022, however, revealing that he thinks that the “acute phase” of the Covid-19 pandemic will be over at some point during the year.

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How to turn the 2 fears that most often lead to failure into strengths, according to a successful entrepreneur

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There are ways to turn your fears into motivation.

  • Fear is natural. It often just means you’re stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • If you let it to get the better of you, though, it can stop you getting ahead — in and out of work.
  • The founder of a professional development program, Raul Villacis, gave his tips to beat two fears.

Fear is a natural way of telling you that you’re leaving your comfort zone and you should pay more attention to what you’re doing.

It can become a major problem, however, if it starts to dominate your mind — it can lead you to make bad decisions, both in daily life and at work.

You may find that you’re too afraid to ask for a raise or that you’re too scared to start the business you’ve always dreamed of starting.

In situations like this, fear causes you to fail. Fortunately, there are ways to turn your fears into motivation.

Raul Villacis, entrepreneur, investor, and motivational speaker, explained in a video for Entrepreneur the two most dangerous types of fear in the workplace and how to use them as motivation.

Fear of not being good enough

The first fear is the fear of not being good enough. Villacis explained that this fear stems from our ancestors, who had to hunt for their survival.

“The fear that if they were not good hunters, they would die,” he said.

That same fear still exists today, even though we no longer have to go out and hunt for our food. 

Overcoming this fear is all about understanding that you’re working towards a better future.

“Yes you’re going to mess up, yes you’re not going to be perfect, but at the same time find the edge, meaning can you create progress every day?” Villacis said.

“Your job is not to be the best today. Your job is to create progress,” he added.

Fear of not being liked

The second fear that can harm your career is the fear of not being liked. 

The good news is that this fear can motivate you to be a good person or a good worker. 

However, it’s also easy to fall into the trap of constantly seeking appreciation, and this will always leave you feeling that you’re not good enough.

According to Villacis, the trick here is to understand that the most important thing is that you like yourself.

“The most important person that you have to be one with, that you have to love, is yourself,” he said.

The key is to truly realize and accept one thing.

“I am not perfect. But I am a work in progress,” he said.

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Here are 25 large companies highly rated for their company culture, according to employees

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  • Amid the Great Resignation, companies need to ensure they are great places to work.
  • Comparably published today its annual ranking of the companies with the best company cultures.
  • Below are the companies that made the top 25 on the large company list.
25. ADP

ADP employees

Location: Roseland, New Jersey

Industry: HR management software

Employee quote about the company: “ADP does an outstanding job on equity across identities. The culture is open and safe. Every person counts.”

24. Elsevier

Elsevier employees

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Information analytics

Employee quote about the company: “I love Elsevier. It’s a company of passionate, supportive, interesting, inviting, wonderful people.”

23. SentinelOne

SentinelOne employees

Location: Mountain View, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “This has been one of the most gratifying experiences in my professional career, and I am humbled to call myself a Sentinel.”

22. Concentrix

Concentrix employees

Location: Fremont, California

Industry: Business and consumer services

Employee quote about the company: “I work remotely, but feel as though I am a bonafide member of a cohesive and supportive organization.”

21. Calix

Calix employees

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Telecommunications software

Employee quote about the company: “The pace of the business, the people I work with and the passion for our customers is second to none. I love it!”

20. Google

Google

Location: Mountain View, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “There’s psychological safety and everyone can be their best and true selves at work.”

19. TaskUs

TaskUs

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Industry: Customer service outsourcing

Employee quote about the company: “A healthy virtual environment (since I was hired and still working from home). Everyone is welcoming with a positive attitude.”

18. Insight Global

Insight Global employees

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Industry: Staffing and recruiting

Employee quote about the company: “We lead through development of our people and our shared values. These are not just painted on the wall; they are embodied by every employee.”

17. ZoomInfo

ZoomInfo employees

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Everyone is creative and open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. At the same time the culture of the people is one of kindness, understanding and a willingness to help others.”

16. SAP

SAP

Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Industry: Finance software

Employee quote about the company: “They have a strong focus on sustainability, CSR, diversity and inclusion. I am proud to be working for SAP and thankful!”

15. Momentive.ai

Momentive.ai employees

Location: San Mateo, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Everyone is a subject matter expert, and it is possible to learn something new every single day.”

14. Netflix

Netflix employees

Location: Los Gatos, California

Industry: Media and entertainment

Employee quote about the company: “Netflix has given me opportunities that I never thought available to me, ranging from global travel to my first patent.”

13. Peloton

Peloton

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Health and fitness

Employee quote about the company: “I’ve been in this industry for some time now and Peloton has changed the game. Being on a team that is scrappy and hardworking makes it all worthwhile. We have people that truly care.”

12. Chewy

Chewy

Location: Dania Beach, Florida

Industry: Retail

Employee quote about the company: “There is never a dull day. Always something to work on and dig into. We’re working with the pet industry which is fulfilling and exciting — especially as a pet parent.”

11. Credit Karma

CreditKarma employees

Location: Oakland, California

Industry: Fintech

Employee quote about the company: “Unmatched. This company makes a valiant effort to celebrate the work we do through thoughtful and engaging activities that are fun. But more importantly, they create ample opportunities to bond with fellow Karmanauts.”

10. Medallia

Medallia Comparably

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “I have been impressed by many things, including prominent customer references, great people and culture, sharp leaders, and more importantly extraordinary Medallians.”

9. Zoom Video Communications

Zoom Comparably

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “They are constantly planning fun internal events especially while we are working from home and are sure to keep an inclusive culture and address what is going on in the world.”

8. IBM

IBM Comparably

Location: Armonk, New York

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “IBM has been a wonderful place to work, and they have done a great job staying modern.”

7. Chegg

Chegg employees

Location: Santa Clara, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Chegg is incredible at listening to employees, taking action, and understanding what drives success and satisfaction.”

6. Farmers Insurance

Farmers Insurance sign

Location: Woodland Hills, California

Industry: Insurance

Employee quote about the company: “Our weekly virtual nationwide meetings transfer company culture across state lines. I enjoy learning about what my counterparts in other parts of the country are doing and how they are [handling] their current challenges.”

5. Adobe

Adobe Comparably

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “They really showed through the pandemic that their employees are their number one priority. They overcommunicated, their [work from home] policy has evolved, they take feedback and respond to it.”

4. Microsoft

Microsoft

Location: Redmond, Washington

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “The benefits are unbeatable. The culture around management is excellent. I’ve never had better managers anywhere else. And I have [an] excellent work-life balance.”

3. Boston Consulting Group

BostonConsultingGroup Comparably

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Industry: Consulting

Employee quote about the company: “Intelligent, smart, driven people who are equally fun and business-savvy. There’s always something new to learn from the next person, there’s a collaborative spirit, and there’s a sense of backing each other up.”

2. RingCentral

RingCentral Comparably

Location: Belmont, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “What I love about our family is that we have open communication among members. New initiatives are welcome. You have a voice to speak up what is in your mind and the overall environment is accepting and welcoming.”

1. HubSpot

HubSpot employees

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Everyone is very inclusive and friendly. There is a big emphasis on empathy, helping, and kindness, which I find in droves with my colleagues.”

Here’s the full list of large companies (companies with over 500 employees):

An infographic of Comparably's list of large companies with the best company culture
How Comparably ranked these companies

Comparably, a workplace culture and review site, released its latest ranking part of the Best Places to Work Awards: the employers with highly rated company cultures. The annual awards give employees and job seekers alike an idea of what companies really stand out.

To create the list, Comparably used anonymous employee ratings from November 26, 2020 to November 26, 2021. Questions involving pay, life at work, and approval of leadership contributed to determining the employers with the best culture. Questions included “Is your work environment positive or negative?”, “Are you satisfied with your benefits?”, and “Do you approve of the job your executive team is doing at your company?”

“The answer to each question was given a numerical score and then compared to companies of similar size,” Comparably said.

There was a new winner in this year’s list of large companies, or companies with over 500 employees. After being in the top five since 2017, HubSpot took over the top spot that belonged to Google last year. Google ranked No. 20 in the 2021 list.

Company locations, industries, and quotes were shared from Comparably. The complete list of companies with the best company culture, including the list for small and midsize companies, can be found on Comparably’s website here.

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Here are 25 small and midsize companies with excellent company cultures, according to employees

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  • Comparably just released its first ranking of the fourth quarter of the year: Best Company Culture 2021.
  • The list is based on anonymous employee ratings on the workplace culture and employee review site.
  • Below are the companies that made the top 25 on the small and midsize company list.
25. Gem.com

Gem.com

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Open communication channels with a feeling of community. We are all working hard to successfully meet audacious goals.”

24. The Hollister Group

The Hollister Group employees

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Industry: Staffing and recruiting

Employee quote about the company: “The Hollister Group is not just a company, it’s a family. The cliche is that ‘teamwork makes the dream work,’ but [The Hollister Group] truly exemplifies that idea.”

23. Pie Insurance

Pie Insurance

Location: Washington, DC

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “I’ve never been more proud to wear my company swag and tell my friends and family what I’m doing at work. The people, the business, our industry and what we’re doing for our customers — it’s just an amazing experience.”

22. Mavenlink

Mavenlink employees

Location: Irvine, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the company: “The company has a culture of transparency and I always feel that I know where I stand and where we are going.”

21. GR0

GR0 employees

Location: Los Angeles, California

Industry: Marketing, advertising, and research

Employee quote about the company: “Even in this remote world there’s such a strong culture. Lots of learning and growing together.”

20. Ocrolus

Ocrolus employees

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Fintech

Employee quote about the company: “Wonderful, caring, motivated, diverse, low-ego people. Excellent company activities and happy hours. I genuinely love hanging out with these people.”

19. ​​Sila Nanotechnologies

Sila Nanotechnologies employees

Location: Alameda, California

Industry: Manufacturing and machinery

Employee quote about the company: “Imagine the best team you have ever worked with — what went well, and why — then extrapolate that to the entire company. That is what working at Sila is like.”

18. EQRx

EQRx employees

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Industry: Biotech and pharmaceuticals

Employee quote about the company: “I have positive culture shock, working here. I’ve been in this industry for more than 15 years and never felt like this about a company or set of coworkers!”

17. Virtana

Virtana employees

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: IT infrastructure

Employee quote about the company: “Lots of optimism that encourages risk-taking and sharing of knowledge to move the company forward.”

16. MannKind Corporation

MannKind Corporation employees

Location: Westlake Village, California

Industry: Biotech

Employee quote about the company: “Being at MannKind has been incredible. I love my team, and everyone is heavily engaged in our current projects and wanting to see success at the finish line.”

15. Velosio

Velosio employees

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Industry: IT consulting

Employee quote about the company: “The employees are supportive of each other. Leaders are good role models, driving productivity and success and caring at the same time.”

14. Deem

Deem employees

Location: Oakland, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Regardless of function, and without exception, all employees at Deem approach their work thinking about how they can, should, [and] will help others.”

13. Eargo

Eargo employees

Location: San Jose, California

Industry: Medical devices

Employee quote about the company: “Eargo is a place where we grow our careers, help our customers to change their lives, and build a movement. It’s a place where I belong.”

12. Nylas

Nylas employees

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the company: “Nylas is by far the best place I have ever worked. The culture is amazing. People here want to solve problems, even if it isn’t strictly within their role, and they will go out of their way to help.”

11. Namely

Namely employees

Location: New York, New York

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “I love how they support involvement and how they provide positive, fun ways for their employees to get together for personal and professional development activities.”

10. Carbon

Carbon employees

Location: Redwood City, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Carbon has a tremendous culture that allows people to do their best work by allowing them to feel comfortable sharing their opinions regardless of where they sit within the organization.”

9. Theorem

Theorem employees

Location: Woodland Hills, California

Industry: Information technology and services

Employee quote about the company: “We are mission-driven and fully engaged with our clients to do the right thing for them and their customers. I’m excited to be on this journey with Theorem.”

8. Nextbite

Nextbite employees

Location: Denver, Colorado

Industry: Restaurant technology

Employee quote about the company: “The care for the whole person is so real from the top down. I am very proud to work here!”

7. Nature’s Sunshine Products

Nature's Sunshine Products employees

Location: Lehi, Utah

Industry: Consumer goods

Employee quote about the company: “We are a family! We are treated like humans and not just numbers that work for the company. They care about us.”

6. Civic Financial Services

Civic Financial Services employees

Location: Redondo Beach, California

Industry: Banking and financial services

Employee quote about the company: “It’s simply the best. I feel like I’m part of something bigger than myself. It’s a feeling that we succeed together.”

5. Route

Route

Location: Lehi, Utah

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the company: “We have a very inclusive culture here, everyone has a voice and everyone is celebrated.”

4. Pipefy

Pipefy employees

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: E-commerce, mobile app, and tech

Employee quote about the company: “Pipefy is an excellent company with a strong culture and amazing perks. I’m constantly challenged, encouraged to take on new responsibilities, and there’s always room for growth!”

3. Mixpanel

Mixpanel employees

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Tech

Employee quote about the company: “Mixpanel is a great place to gain valuable experience with a complex product while working alongside other smart people looking to increase their skill set and build a strong career path.”

2. People.ai

People.ai employees

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Software

Employee quote about the company: “Everyone is welcoming, positive, and happy. The company is pushing boundaries and solving problems. It makes me excited to be on the team.”

1. Alida

Alida

Location: Toronto, Canada

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the company: “Alida shows respect for the work I do, and trust in my ability to do the job from home for now. No one micromanages me which I appreciate so much.”

Here’s the full list of small and midsize companies: (companies with no more than 500 employees)

Infographic of Comparably's list of the best small and midsize companies with the best company culture.
How Comparably ranked these companies

Current employees and unemployed workers are taking notice of just what it’s like to work at a company. Employees are quitting jobs they aren’t passionate about or where the benefits aren’t up to par. The new list from Comparably can be a resource for those looking to figure out just where the companies with top company culture are before they move on to their next job.

Comparably, a workplace culture and company review site, just put out the first list of the last quarter of the year, giving companies and employees a sense of top-rated companies before the popular job hunting season at the beginning of a year.

To find the small and midsize companies — companies with no more than 500 employees — with the best company culture, Comparably collected responses from its site over 12 months starting with November 26, 2020. The questions making up 16 “core culture metrics” together helped the workplace culture and company review site figure out the employers with the best company culture. Questions included things about compensation, whether someone is feeling burned out, and about work-life balance.

“The answer to each question was given a numerical score and then compared to companies of similar size,” Comparably said.

All the above information, including the industries and quotes, were provided to Insider from Comparably. The complete list of companies with top-rated company culture, including the list for large companies, can be found on Comparably’s website here

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I tried Jeff Bezos’ morning routine of puttering around. It helped me be more organized, relaxed, and enjoy my work more.

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos.

  • Jeff Bezos wakes up early and spends his mornings “puttering.” His first meeting is at 10 a.m. 
  • He previously said that routine and eight hours’ sleep a night gives him energy to think better. 
  • I tried it for a few mornings. I felt more relaxed and organized, which made me better at my job.

It might surprise you to learn how one of the world’s richest men spends his morning. 

Jeff Bezos said he likes to spend it “puttering.” He once said in a 2018 speech at the Washington Economic club that he wakes up early, reads the newspaper, drinks coffee, and has breakfast with his children. His first meeting is at 10 a.m.

Offering more insight into his morning routine, Bezos said in the speech: “My puttering time is important to me.” Along with getting eight hours of sleep a night, he said it gave him energy and helped his decision-making

There have been countless books and studies exploring the benefits that can be wrought by slowing down and learning to take more time for yourself. It’s no secret that doing stuff that makes you feel happy and more relaxed could have a knock-on effect on your performance at work.

I’ve started to feel like my relationship with work is becoming unhealthy. I’m six months into a new job and eager to impress. I’ve found myself starting early and working late into the evening.

I often feel quite tired and find it hard to switch between tasks. I’ve stopped doing things I enjoy, like reading or playing my guitar as much as I used to and constantly feel like I’m putting off important life admin. Perhaps, approaching my mornings differently could help me find a better balance. 

This meant more a mindset change than anything else. Rather than rushing to sit down and get to work at 7.30 a.m. or 8 a.m., I took it a bit slower and made sure I actually did things for myself before starting my day. 

I’ve written enough about productivity in the past and the hacks associated with the likes of Elon Musk, Tony Hsieh, and Eric Schmidt to know that every individual works differently, and they need to fit your own routine. 

On the first day, it was cold and I woke up several times during the night, so I prioritized getting a few extra hours of sleep in the morning. Then I went for a walk around the block and didn’t worry about sitting down to start work too quickly. 

Other mornings, I woke up earlier and spent time washing up, reading, sorting urgent household bills, or just going for a longer morning walk. I’d start thinking about work at around 8 a.m. — browsing the news and roughly planning my day — while doing other things. But I didn’t properly sit down until nearer 9 a.m. My first meeting was at 10 a.m. 

Looking back, at the end of the week, I definitely feel more organized. I had time to think and properly plan my day. I also felt more relaxed and generally less distracted during the work day because I was able to deal with any pressing life admin early on.

Of course, this doesn’t guarantee that I’ll be more productive and doesn’t remove the pressing deadlines that come up at work, but I felt like it set me up better for the day, and I certainly didn’t feel less productive. 

Now, there are some caveats. 

It’s not possible to putter every day because sometimes there are just busy periods. This is something Bezos referred to when he said he doesn’t believe in work-life balance, but instead a “work-life harmony.”

It’s also not hard to see how the temptation to putter too much could seep into the rest of the work day. It required discipline to pull myself from the sofa and work. Working from home inevitably helped though. 

On a more, broader point, not everyone has the luxury of being able to slow down. I’m lucky that I have a job that enables me to have relative control over my day; I have no caring responsibilities and an editor who gives me the freedom to putter around for the sake of a productivity feature.

Sadly, not everyone is blessed with understanding managers or job security.

Hopefully, though it can serve as a wider lesson, though: that it’s OK to try and take more time for yourself.

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13 careers to consider if you’re interested in environmental science and the skills you need to succeed

woman checking a sample of water
A career in environmental science can help you make a difference in the world.

  • Jobs in environmental science are viable career paths and crucial for the future of our planet. 
  • If you studied environmental science, you probably have more transferable skills than you realize.
  • Consider one option, environmental engineering, where you can make an average of $57,685 a year.

You might be the kid who loved being outdoors, exploring the nearby woods, and collecting bugs in a jar or taking samples from the local pond to look at under your most prized possession: a microscope (you know, the one you’d never let your little brother so much as breathe near). Or maybe you were that, umm, let’s say spirited, high school volunteer who led an effort to clean up a state park after you realized what all that litter was doing to the poor animals. Perhaps you watched in horror — in person or on TV — as a wildfire consumed a West Coast town or as Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, killing so many that we still don’t have an exact death toll.

Whatever drove you to study — or consider studying — environmental science, you’re well aware that the world needs you right now. Environmental science majors are prepared to take on our climate crisis, conserve natural resources and environments, lead the charge on renewable energy, and — not to be dramatic — literally save the planet.

But as you’re sitting in class, doing your labs, and trying to imagine your next steps, you might start to feel overwhelmed. “Can I really make a difference in a world that’s burning and melting and only getting worse?” you might wonder. “There’s so much to do, where would I even start?” The great thing is: There are so many options open to environmental science majors. But the problem is: There are so many options open to environmental science majors.

You don’t need a list of 734 possible jobs. But what you probably could use is a tailored list that digs into a few particularly promising career options — and maybe a quick look at some of the skills you’ve gained that will help you thrive in the workplace and what types of organizations and industries are looking to hire former amateur pond sleuths like you.

Skills environmental science grads already have

Anybody who’s completed college already has valuable skills for the workplace. And “environmental science degrees specifically provide an abundance of transferable skills,” Alaina G. Levine, a STEM career coach, writer covering environmental science topics, and president of Quantum Success Solutions, LLC, a career consultancy focused on engineering and the sciences, said. Your degree has prepared you to work in basically any field you’d like, Levine said, whether you want to pursue a career related to environmental science or go in another direction.

Here are a few of the transferable skills you likely gained:

  • Communication and storytelling: Throughout your coursework, you learned to communicate by writing research proposals and reports, essays, and emails; discussing information with others in classes or group projects; and giving presentations. Environmental science majors often need to take complex topics and translate them into a compelling story that convinces people they need to care about something and take action, Levine said. You learn how to “mine data and distill it in a way your ‘constituents’ will understand,” whether your constituents are your classmates, teachers, colleagues, managers, executives, policymakers, or the public.
  • Marketing: Most environmental science programs won’t mention that you’re learning marketing skills, Levine said, but any time you’re explaining the value of a project or even a natural resource, you’re using marketing skills. “Marketing” might feel like a dirty word in the context of our planet, but it simply means crafting a message that convinces someone to take action. In environmental science, you might be persuading a company to put money or time into a new process that’s more sustainable or writing a grant proposal where you’re communicating the value of your research.
  • LeadershipMany employers are looking for leadership skills in employees at all levels. Leadership “isn’t just being appointed or anointed a leader,” Levine said. It’s any time you take ownership or initiative. Individuals have to lead “a team of one every day,” and decide how to do their work productively and efficiently, Levine said. You’ll also have to lead your own initiatives, programs, and/or research even as an early-career employee. You already got practice with these skills whenever you led a group project, coordinated resources to meet deadlines or budgets, or made decisions based on new information or data. 
  • Research: “Environmental science programs turn out students who are excellent in conducting research,” Sara Hutchison, a career coach who’s advised environmental science majors and has a degree in sustainable development herself, said. Students often have to study primary sources, read through compliance and legal documentation, collect their own data in the field, employ the scientific method, and write about their findings, all of which teach them strong research practices, such as how to select reliable sources and data. Even if you’re not working in a research setting, these skills help you collect the information you need to solve problems. Speaking of which…
  • Problem-solvingIn addition to gathering the data they need and making autonomous decisions, environmental science students learn how to look at a problem from multiple perspectives, which “is an extremely valuable asset, both in scientific careers and less ‘traditional’ careers,” Dr. Gemma Cassidy, who’s hired and advised environmental science majors and is currently the senior journals publishing manager for Wiley, a large scientific-publishing company, said. For example, they may need to look at how an issue with air quality might be affecting different parts of an ecosystem and evaluate the economic costs of various solutions. Or in a very different context, they might consider how proposed upgrades to a software product might affect users.
  • Risk assessment/management: Since environmental science students often need to conduct field research, they’re practiced in risk assessment and management, Levine said. They may have to shift priorities or adjust plans either before going out in the field or on the fly due to risks like weather, wildlife, environmental conditions, or even other humans. For example, a dangerous storm may compromise your ability to safely collect water samples, so maybe you have to analyze the nearby soil instead or adjust your research timelines. You may also specifically study the possible risks to a certain population of frogs as the climate changes, for example. Risk assessment and management is useful whenever you’re evaluating the best course of action for a given project or initiative.
  • Computer skillsLike most fields, environmental science is increasingly relying on technology. During your coursework, you likely learned the computing skills needed to analyze and visualize data, build models or projections to predict outcomes, and possibly utilize AI and machine learning. These computer skills are highly sought after both inside and outside of the environmental science field.

“As a final point, graduates from an environmental sciences background likely have a passion for our planet, and how best to protect it,” Cassidy said. Employers are always looking for workers who care deeply and are knowledgeable about what they’ll be doing — and many organizations are hiring workers to help fight the climate crisis in particular.

Where can environmental science majors work?

When you’re deciding where you’d like to work — whether that’s a type of organization or a certain industry — Levine suggests thinking about your values and what drives you. “Do you want to protect the coastlines because you grew up in a seaside area?” Levine asked. Or would you like to help decrease the negative effects big companies have on our environment? Are there certain animals or plant life you want to protect? Are you interested in maintaining and improving public health? Do you want to directly affect policy?

Here are some of the common industries and types of organizations where environmental science majors work:

  • Local, city, state, and federal government
  • Municipalities and utilities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Education
  • Museums
  • Energy (both renewable energy companies and traditional fossil fuels companies looking to decrease their environmental impact)
  • Manufacturing and safety
  • Food production
  • Real estate development
  • Publishing and media
  • Public health
  • Zoos, aquariums, national parks, and other conservation centers

But this list is far from exhaustive. More and more organizations are prioritizing sustainability in their day-to-day operations, Cassidy said. As a result, those with environmental science degrees are needed “across the board.” Many environmental science careers might feel “hidden,” Levine said, but you can find them through networking and environmental professional organizations such as the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP).

Even if you don’t want a career in environmental science, “​​The degree you pick to complete in college does not define the career you will pursue,” Hutchison said. So don’t feel boxed in.

13 jobs and careers for environmental science majors

Below you’ll find 13 jobs and careers you can pursue with an environmental science degree (and you can click on the links to search for current openings on The Muse). Many of these jobs can be found in multiple or all of the above industries or types of organizations and you can specialize according to your area of focus or interest. For example, you can be an environmental science technician for a real estate company that studies the effects different developments may have on the water in a local ecosystem or you might be an environmental consultant who specializes in helping manufacturers decrease the air pollutants produced by their work.

Unless otherwise noted, all salary information is from PayScale.com. (Note that PayScale’s database is updated nightly; the numbers below reflect figures as of November 2021.)

1. Environmental educator or environmental science teacher

Average educator salary$51,316

Average secondary school teacher salary: $50,038

Environmental educators come in multiple forms. You may choose to become a secondary school teacher in either environmental science or a smaller subset of the subject such as oceanography, or you might work for a museum, national park, zoo, or other conservation center or program.

Regardless, environmental educators teach others about the environment and issues facing it — plus how they as individuals can help. For example, Hutchison once worked as a tour guide for a local cavern. “Sharing my passion for the environment with children and tourists was amazing,” Hutchison said. “I loved how it opened their eyes to why they should clean up their pet waste or not pollute waters because all that goes downstream into a cave like ours.”

The qualifications you’ll need to be an environmental educator depend on exactly where you’d like to work. If you’d like to be a secondary school teacher, you may need to take education classes or obtain a master’s degree depending on which state you’d like to teach in.

Find environmental educator or teacher jobs on The Muse

2. Environmental engineer or environmental engineering technician

Average environmental engineer salary$66,621

Average engineering technician salary$57,685

Environmental engineers design, plan, and build systems that improve or monitor the environment. They also collect and/or analyze scientific data and conduct quality control tests to inform or adjust their plans. For example an environmental engineer may be responsible for designing a new water treatment center, equipment that reduces the pollution a factory releases, a sustainable recreational attraction, or a building that minimally disrupts the environment. Meanwhile, environmental engineering technicians and technologists carry out the plans that environmental engineers create.

“If you really like building things, deploying applications, and seeing the work you do transform people’s lives directly,” you might consider one of these careers, Levine said.

If you haven’t already completed substantial engineering coursework alongside or as part of your major, you may need to complete a master’s in engineering — but it depends where you’d like to work. However, engineering technician jobs often don’t require engineering-specific degrees (though you may still need an OSHA certification).

Find environmental engineer and environmental engineering technician jobs on The Muse

3. Environmental scientist and environmental science and protection technicians

Average environmental scientist salary$52,680

Average environmental technician salary$43,485

These professionals conduct research, experiments, field work, and tests to monitor or discover more about the environment. Environmental scientists may propose new research and design experiments with the goal of evaluating, preventing, controlling, or fixing environmental problems.

Environmental science and protection technicians are often responsible for conducting tests in the field and reporting findings to a scientist, municipality, or any other entity that’s monitoring environmental conditions. For example, you may be responsible for gathering and testing water samples to make sure a nearby company is not compromising the ecosystem or you might work for a city government, continuously monitoring air quality.

You can focus in a myriad of areas in environmental science such as microbiology, ecology, oceanography, or geology. In order to become an environmental scientist, you’ll need a master’s degree or PhD in your chosen area of focus, but technicians can often land jobs with bachelor’s degrees in environmental science.

Find environmental scientistenvironmental science technician, and other environmental science jobs on The Muse

4. Wildlife biologist

Average salary$50,186

Wildlife biologists are a subset of environmental scientists that focus specifically on animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their environments. They may conduct studies on animals in their natural habitat or in zoo or sanctuary environments and/or monitor threats to populations and come up with ways to mitigate them. Wildlife biologists often focus on specific types of animals or plants.

Depending on where you’d like to work, you can often find an entry-level position with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, but to advance and/or conduct independent research you’ll need to obtain a PhD.

Find wildlife biologist jobs on The Muse

5. Environmental health and safety specialist

Average salary$64,210

Environmental health and safety (EHS) specialists study how different environmental conditions affect human health, protect the health and safety of individuals and ecosystems by setting regulations and guidelines, and ensure compliance with these regulations and guidelines. They may work for governments or other oversight organizations to set and enforce safety and environmental standards for geographic areas or industries, or they might work for individual companies to ensure the safety of work processes and the company’s overall sustainability.

You can often get these jobs with a bachelor’s degree, though some employers will require that you obtain relevant safety certifications for their industry.

Find environmental health and safety specialist jobs on The Muse

6. Conservation officer

Average salary$44,667

Conservation officers, also known as park rangers, manage state and national parks, forests, and other wildlife areas. They are responsible for the safety of guests and wildlife as well as the conservation of the area. Conservation officers may also maintain campgrounds, trails, and other facilities; manage programs for the public; answer questions; and address and correct possible risks to the environment or guests. 

If you love being outside and interacting with the public, this could be the job for you. You can land a job as a conservation officer with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

Find conservation officer and park ranger jobs on The Muse

7. Recycling coordinator

Average salary$53,705

Recycling coordinators and officers oversee the way recyclables are handled by an organization or municipality. For smaller companies or schools, this might be part of a broader role, but for larger entities, overseeing recycling efforts could be your full-time job.

“It’s no longer about making signs for the recycling cans,” Hutchison, who was previously a recycling coordinator for a university, said. “It’s about waste trucks, dumpster pulls, procurement of containers, writing [requests for proposals to] vendors, endless spreadsheets on waste to create baselines for reduction goals, and hosting field trips for the local classrooms.” Basically, you need to make sure all the recycling gets sorted properly, picked up, and transferred to the appropriate facility so that the material can be reused, all while advocating for the program and encouraging individuals to participate.

If you’re super organized and want to help decrease the amount of waste going to landfills, this could be a job for you. Hutchison snagged her role right out of college — so there are entry-level opportunities.

Find recycling coordinator and other recycling positions on The Muse

8. Environmental consultant

Average salary: $58,387

In general, consultants evaluate client companies and their departments and processes; analyze their findings; and propose solutions to solve problems, save money, or increase efficiency. Environmental consultants specifically focus on sustainability and environmental impact. For example, they might suggest ways for companies to reduce their carbon footprints or advise them on how to better use and dispose of hazardous materials.

Consultants often work for consultancies or as freelancers. If you want to help companies increase their sustainability and curb emissions or waste, this career could be a great fit. You can often get these jobs with a bachelor’s degree.

Find environmental consultant jobs on The Muse

9. Environmental policy analyst

Average policy analyst salary$60,216

Environmental policy analysts research, analyze, and evaluate the effects an existing or proposed law, regulation, or program will have on the environment, people, wildlife, or any other facet of society. These jobs involve “packaging research in a way that can be used in policy to make laws and regulations that will make a difference,” Levine said. So if you want to have a direct effect on what companies and individuals need to do to curb climate change, for example, a career in environmental policy may be for you.

You may be able to find an entry-level position with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science (look for federal, state, and local government fellowships and programs specifically designed for this) — but you could need further education to progress in your career.

Find environmental policy analyst jobs on The Muse

10. Science editor

Average salary: $60,499

Science editors put together academic journals or textbooks consisting of science information and new discoveries, research, and studies. Depending on your role and career level, you may be responsible for copyediting and formatting articles, assigning and editing articles or book sections, or assessing original research and coordinating peer reviews of it. Scientific publishing “is a great career for those who feel passionately about the science but want to step away from being the ones doing the research themselves,” Cassidy said. “Working on academic journals gives you a front-row seat to new, cutting-edge research, and working with editors and academic societies can be very inspiring.”

While an environmental science degree will give you the scientific background you need to understand the research, you’ll also need strong writing and editing skills to pursue this career.

Find science editor and other editing jobs on The Muse

11. Science communications specialist

Average communications specialist salary$54,008

While this might sound like a similar role to science editor, science communicators work across industries and mediums. No matter what your focus is, though, all science communications specialists have the same goal: sharing often complex information about science (or the environment) in a way that the intended audience understands it, cares about it, and knows what to do about it. Depending on where you work, you may write press releases, website or social copy, TV, radio, or online video scripts, or reported and researched articles; create infographics, videos, pamphlets, and other presentations; or produce educational materials for schools, museums, and other programs.

Your background in environmental science will give you the technical know-how you’ll need and lend you credibility, Levine said. You may also need strong writing skills, social media savvy, video production knowledge, or graphic design chops, depending on the roles you’d like to pursue. You may find jobs for science or environmental nonprofits, departments, or organizations labeled “communications specialist,” “communications coordinator,” or similar, but you should also search for roles that describe the specific work you’d like to do, such as “copywriter,” “video editor,” or “social media manager” at companies that focus on an area of the environment or science you’re passionate about.

Find science communications specialist jobs and science communication jobs on The Muse

12. Data analyst

Average salary$61,881

Data analysts collect, organize, and interpret large amounts of information in order to solve problems or make recommendations. They may also be responsible for creating projections, models, or data visualizations.

You can find these roles at companies across many industries, so if you’d like to work for a company focused on some aspect of the environment, you can. For example, you might analyze the data from a large number of water samples taken along a coastline to look for patterns for a clean water–focused nonprofit.

But as an environmental science graduate, you likely have the data knowledge you need to seek a position in a different field entirely — particularly if you can demonstrate coding experience, which employers are increasingly looking for in data professionals. You can also take online classes or look into a data science bootcamp to boost your skills. A bachelor’s degree is usually the only education requirement for entry-level roles, but you may need a master’s degree for more senior roles.

Find data analyst and other data jobs on The Muse

13. Marketing analyst

Average salary$57,134

Marketing analysts evaluate data, prices, markets, strategies, and customer bases to answer marketing questions or solve issues either for the company they work for or for a client company. If you have an environmental science degree but you’re interested in something outside of that field, marketing analysts are needed in every industry. For example, you could find a marketing analyst job for a renewable energy company that sells solar panels to individual homes or you can find a position for a tech company working on a productivity app.

With the storytelling, data analysis, research, and marketing skills you gained from your coursework, you can likely find an entry-level marketing analyst job right out of undergrad.

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