Career Details for Environmental Scientists & Specialists, Including Health

Environmental Scientists & Specialists, Including Health

Also called:

Environmental Programs Specialist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Specialist

What they do:

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

On the job, you would:

  • Provide scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public.
  • Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements.
  • Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage, and report environmental data, such as pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring measurements, meteorological or mineralogical information, or soil or water samples.

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Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • biology

Safety and Government

  • law and government

Business

  • administrative services

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Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

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Verbal

  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Math

  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • ADMS pollution modeling software
  • Lakes Environmental EcoRisk View

Data base user interface and query software

  • EarthSoft EQuIS Geology
  • Smart Data Solutions RS Solutions

Map creation software

  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView

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bachelor's degree or
master's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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AVERAGE

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

SALARY
$68,910


per year, on average

This career is part of the green economy!

This career is part of the green economy.
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