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Environmental Scientist

Industry: Energy
Area: Fossil Fuel

Environmental scientists conduct research and 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. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Some of these workers mix environmental science with other sciences, such as chemistry or biology. Environmental chemists find out if different chemicals hurt the environment. Environmental biologists focus on protecting animals and plants.

Work Settings

Environmental scientists split their time in the field and in the lab.


A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Job Outlook

In 2000, employment in the United States for environmental scientists and specialists, Including Health was 64,000. It is projected by the year 2010 employment in this occupation will increase by 22.3%, an increase of 14,272 positions. n addition 35,000 openings will become available.


The national median annual wages for environmental scientists is $47,600.

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