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Annah Rachel
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I am majoring in Environmental Studies and will graduate next year. I am not sure if I would want to be a designer. Anyone know of anything?
 
Vova Wasabi
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are you focusing on anything specific? If you are working for yourself, you'd have to do some sort of design, unless you team up with some one who does the design and you do.. ..manual work?

the plus is that permaculture is encompasses a great variety of things, basically everything people need, so you can focus on certain aspects and put a permaculture twist, like earthworks, water systems, energy systems, food systems, and then work with permaculture consultants who do overall design.

I don't see any other way really, we have to be the leaders in this. Any government agency or private company I know that one might seek "conventional" employment in is not on this level yet, and if you take a PDC, you'll see infinite amount of ways to improve their processes. It's hard not being able to do anything about it.

Sell something you produce, be it food, energy, fabrics, materials, etc etc
 
John Polk
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In today's economy, it is hard to "sell" anything.  One thing everybody wants/needs is hope.

If you can put together a garden design that gives people hope (or at least blunts the edge of despair), you may have a salable product.

If this is going to be your career, I would strongly suggest that you take a PDC course, as it will give you an overall outline of what is needed to provide a "product" for your customers.
 
Cory Arsenault
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I'm also an ES student hoping to graduate in about a year.  I'm hoping to get a job as a "sustainability officer", basically in charge of making a large organization or a town more sustainable.

After I graduate I want to take a PDC and set up my own business where I develop household/lifestyle plans for people to live a more sustainable life.
 
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It really depends on your interests. Is education/communication your thing?
Helping businesses and individuals to reuse and save water would be great.
Saving water makes good economic sense, so it appeals on more than a 'because it's good for the environment' level.
But that's more engineering/plumbing.
 
Paul Cereghino
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I think you can use permaculture principles in any range of vocations.  I have been a gardener/designer, a farmer (only briefly), and a ecologist, and a bureaucrat, and a teacher.  I have dreamed of being a plummer or and electrician, or an architect, or a resturanteer, or a merchant.  All would be about becoming permaculture.  If you are building a vocation, it is just like another design product.  First observe yourself, your needs, outputs and intrinsic qualities.  Complete an analysis of your socioeconomic setting.  Then design yourself into a socioeconomic system for redundant function and placement for mutual benefit -- you need to solve someone else's problems if you want them to solve your problems. 
 
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