How to make the swich from Chemical to Environmental Engineering

I have a MS in ChemE and have always been very interested in environmental engineering. In fact, that was my preferred major but financial considerations prompted me to study in-state which required a switch to ChemE. In light of that, I took elective classes in related topics (some environmental, while the school was getting a program up and running). Now, 8 years out and doing ChemE work, I am still feeling compelled to make a leap into environmental engineering. So, my question is what is a good way to make this sort of career change? I have looked for local chapters of related engineering organizations but have not found much in the way of meetings. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time!
posted by Jackie, Baltimore, MD on December 4, 2013

Answer by Egirl Team

Hi Jackie,

This is not an easy question to answer, because the answer will be different for everyone.  I would suggest that you not focus too much on your title.  If there is some specific area of environmental engineering that you would like to work in, see if you can find a way to apply your current skills.  Look into attending conferences on the topic and see if you can attend some talks or workshops where you will get to meet people in the area.  The annual Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) conference was recently held in Baltimore, and may be one example.  The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists my be a good place to start and may be able to help you find a job in a field that interests you.  Good luck!