A professional association is an organization made up of members who are part of the same industry or career field. Professional organizations vary in their membership requirements. Some associations may require members to hold a particular degree or pay a monthly or yearly fee to be part of the organization. Others allow members who are still in school or developing their career.
Each association varies in the activities and benefits it offers. Some of these include networking opportunities, job boards, conferences, and trainings or certifications.
Below are a few professional associations across a variety of environmental fields: