Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
SOC: 19-2041.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
94,600 employed

Projected (2024):
104,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Analyst
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Ecological Modeler
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Designer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Programs Specialist
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Services Assistant
  • Environmental Services Director
  • Environmental Services Manager
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Systems Coordinator
  • Hazardous Substances Scientist
  • Marine Scientist
  • Pollution Control Chemist
  • Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Research Environmental Scientist
  • Senior Environmental Scientist
  • Water Pollution Scientist
  • Water Pollution Specialist


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Determine data collection methods to be employed in research projects or surveys.
  • Prepare charts or graphs from data samples, providing summary information on the environmental relevance of the data.
  • Develop the technical portions of legal documents, administrative orders, or consent decrees.
  • Investigate and report on accidents affecting the environment.
  • Monitor environmental impacts of development activities.
  • Develop programs designed to obtain the most productive, non-damaging use of land.
  • Research sources of pollution to determine their effects on the environment and to develop theories or methods of pollution abatement or control.
  • Monitor effects of pollution or land degradation and recommend means of prevention or control.
  • Design or direct studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects.
  • Develop methods to minimize the impact of production processes on the environment, based on the study and assessment of industrial production, environmental legislation, and physical, biological, and social environments.
  • Plan or develop research models, using knowledge of mathematical and statistical concepts.
  • 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.
  • Communicate scientific or technical information to the public, organizations, or internal audiences through oral briefings, written documents, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings.
  • Provide scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public.
  • Process and review environmental permits, licenses, or related materials.
  • Supervise or train students, environmental technologists, technicians, or other related staff.
  • Conduct applied research on environmental topics, such as waste control or treatment or pollution abatement methods.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerosol spectrometers
  • Air quality dataloggers
  • Air/soil temperature sensors
  • Airboats
  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Ambient air quality monitoring systems
  • Ammonia meters
  • Analog survey meters
  • Anemometers
  • Atmospheric deposition collectors
  • Automatic samplers
  • Bailers
  • Bomb samplers
  • Bottom dredge samplers
  • Carbon monoxide meters
  • Chlorine dioxide meters
  • Chlorine meters
  • Closed pipe Doppler water flow meters
  • Coliform testing systems
  • Colorimeters
  • Combustible gas monitors
  • Comparator water test kits
  • Core samplers
  • Dataloggers
  • Depth meters
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital survey meters
  • Dosimeters
  • Drop count industrial water test kits
  • Electromagnetic field EMF meters
  • Evaporation gauge sensors
  • Explosimeters
  • Fiberglass metering manholes
  • Field radiological measuring devices
  • Fuel temperature sensors
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas spillage detectors
  • Geiger-Mueller meters
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Groundwater monitoring systems
  • Hand held augers
  • Heat stress monitors
  • HNu photoionization detectors PID
  • Ionization chambers
  • Lead air sampling kits
  • Lead water sampling kits
  • Liquid samplers
  • Mainframe computers
  • Manometers
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Mercury monitors
  • Moisture meters
  • Multichannel analyzers
  • Multiparameter water quality instruments
  • Nephelometers
  • Noise dosimeters
  • Notebook computers
  • Oil water interface meters
  • Ozone meters
  • Particulate samplers
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters
  • Photoionization detectors PID
  • Pocket personal computers PC
  • Psychrometers
  • Radon monitors
  • Rain water samplers
  • Scintillation counters
  • Scintillation probes
  • Smoke generators
  • Soil analysis kits
  • Soil gas sampling systems
  • Soil probes
  • Sound level meters
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Stormwater samplers
  • Submersible water data loggers
  • Toxic mold test kits
  • Turbidimeters
  • Viscosity meters
  • Water quality testing photometers
  • Water velocity flow meters
  • ADMS pollution modeling software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • C++
  • CAP88-PC software
  • CERC EMIT
  • Chemical management tracking software
  • Chemicals and Irrigation CANDI software
  • Compass software
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Database software
  • DataPipe software
  • DQO ELIPGRID-PC
  • EarthSoft EQuIS Geology
  • EarthWon software
  • Ecotech WinAQMS
  • Ecotech WinCollect
  • Emissions tracking software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • ESRI ArcView
  • FacTS software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Golden Software Surfer
  • Graphics software
  • Hotspot
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • Lakes Environmental EcoRisk View
  • Lakes Environmental Emissions View
  • Lakes Environmental ISC-AERMOD View
  • Lakes Environmental SLAB View
  • Link Microtek software
  • Mapping software
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • MIRS Compliance
  • Oracle software
  • Rad Pro Calculator software
  • RockWare ArcMap
  • RSA RadCalc
  • SAP software
  • Smart Data Solutions RS Solutions
  • SoundPlan software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • SPSS software
  • Statistical software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • TANKS
  • Tucows ChemBase
  • Waters eLab Notebook
  • Web browser software
  • Wolfel IMMI


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220