What does an Environmental Scientist do?

An environmental scientist is responsible for conducting tests to determine the effects of human activity on the environment. They are responsible for blowing the whistle whenever there is a serious issue. A few of the main duties of an environmental scientist are collecting data for tests, developing a plan of action, creating budgets for projects, and assisting in the performance of an audit. They also have to create reports about the health of the environment. Some of the jobs titles that an environmental scientist could grow into are head environmental scientist and chief scientific officer.

An environmental scientist does not need work experience but should have a bachelor's degree in environmental science. One of the most important skills that an environmental scientist will have is critical thinking. Another skill is problem solving as the environmental scientist will need to be able to solve an environmental area's issues.

What responsibilities are common for Environmental Scientist jobs?
  • Collecting data from reliable sources
  • Creating budgets for projects
  • Creating plans to fix an area's problems
  • Interpret data to find issues
  • Create scientific reports and presentations
  • Conduct tests in the lab with samples from the environment
  • Audit companies that are not in compliance with regulations
  • Create models of the environment
What are the typical qualifications for Environmental Scientist jobs?
  • No experience needed
  • Master's or PhD preferred
  • Ability to analyze data and come to conclusions
  • Deep knowledge of environmental regulations
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Knowledge of different lab tests
  • Ability to create data capturing processes
  • Great problem solving abilities
  • Ability to create a corrective plan of action
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Environmental Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$65,972 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $66K
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Western Illinois UniversityWestern Illinois University
Wildlife Biologist
Apr 30, 2021

“There is little money and so professor quality is poor and professors are rarely replaced if one leaves.”

Arizona Department of Water ResourcesArizona Department of Water Resources
Feb 4, 2022

“Pensions are not good for young employees who are not sure where to take their career.”

Colorado Springs UtilitiesColorado Springs Utilities
Environmental Scientist
Nov 29, 2021

“I love the work and the coworkers I work with directly are amazing and a joy to work with.”

Environmental Scientist
Mar 14, 2022

“Our insurance was taken away the day that we were informed we were let go.”

Hillsborough County (Florida)Hillsborough County (Florida)
Environmental Scientist II
Aug 12, 2021

“Many of the people in the county are doing really good work and care a lot.”

Weston SolutionsWeston Solutions
Environmental Consultant
Feb 9, 2022

“Personal growth potential is good”

Sales Agronomist
Mar 11, 2021

“Some good people to work with and pay wasn’t horrible”

Environmental Consultant
Feb 9, 2022

“You won't progress quickly and no good pay raises”

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