Environmental Scientists


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+11.1% (faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Environmental Scientists 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.

Other Job Titles Environmental Scientists May Have

Environmental Analyst, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Environmental Programs Specialist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Specialist, Hazardous Substances Scientist, Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), Research Environmental Scientist, Senior Environmental Scientist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Co-Executive Director ,

Fifth World Discoveries

I work numerous jobs including teaching college and career preparation to middle and high school students to at-risk, 1st generation college, and low income students in Northern Arizona, but I moonlight as a commercial and non-profit river guide. I help develop activities that focus on mentoring and guiding Native youth and adults to be environmentally and socially responsible using traditional tribal knowledge.

Senior Environmental Scientist ,

South Florida Water Management District

I decide what needs to get done. Can you conduct a prescribed burn? If not, then are there exotic plant control contractors to check up on? If not, can you do some field time checking on hydrology and identify how it can be improved? Are there e-mails that need addressing? Phone calls to return?

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Conduct environmental audits or inspections or investigations of violations.
  • Evaluate violations or problems discovered during inspections to determine appropriate regulatory actions or to provide advice on the development and prosecution of regulatory cases.
  • Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements.
  • Provide advice on proper standards and regulations or the development of policies, strategies, or codes of practice for environmental management.
  • Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance and to interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.

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