IME the more science you have, the easier the work and the better the planner. But data collection and sciency stuff? Nah. Paper pushing and document reading and analyzing? Uh-huh. So your question:
Originally posted by chocolatechip
Basically what i am asking here is there a scientific/investigation side to environmental planning or is it based totally in environmental regulations, codes and stuff like that?
the answer IMHO is that there is somewhat kinda a little investigation, but mostly paper pushing and writing. Which we need so development doesn't screw things up more than it does.
Is that what you want? If you want more new investigation and question-answering, then you want to look some more.
Here's another angle: Say you want to have a niche in the applied side, and bridge the two. Hopefully you can do it and people will understand you, you need to have some teacher in you to do that...but is it a living? Fortunately my wife is a rock star so I can be the starving artist and we're a good team at what we do and one day people will get what I'm saying, but it takes time. But is there a niche for you doing that? Can you make one through the force of your will?