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Environmental Scientist

Industry: Energy
Area: Geothermal

Although Geothermal Energy generation is considered by many to be a "green" energy source, all energy development and production impacts the environment to some degree. Environmental scientists prepare environmental impact studies related to the exploration, construction and operation of geothermal energy plants.

Work Settings

Most entry-level environmental scientists spend the majority of their time in the field, while more experienced workers generally devote more of their time to office or laboratory work. Environmental scientists may work in warm or cold climates, in all kinds of weather Travel often is required to meet with prospective clients or investors. Those in laboratories may conduct tests, run experiments, record results, and compile data.


A bachelor's degree is adequate for a few entry-level positions, but many environmental science jobs now require a master's degree in a natural science.

Job Outlook

Employment of environmental scientists is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014.


Median annual earnings of environmental scientists were $51,080 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,100 and $67,360. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,610, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $85,940.

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