Environmental lawyerWhat they do: Represent individuals, businesses, and interest groups in matters regarding the environment, including environmental laws.
Salary range: $75,000 to $500,000
Education/experience: JD with a specialty in environmental law
Growth forecast: According to Kevin Doyle, president of the Watertown-based workforce-development consulting firm Green Economy, there are at least 14,900 environmental lawyers nationwide today. Jobs in this sector, he says, are expected to grow faster than the average for the whole economy - 18 to 25 percent over the next decade. As concern about global warming and the use of fossil fuels grows, companies, governments, and nonprofits are all clamoring for guidance on topics such as land use, pollution control, protection of the natural environment, energy efficiency, and regulation.