What does an Environmental Specialist do?

Environmental specialists use their knowledge of natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with specific industries to reduce waste and pollution. They determine data collection methods for research products, investigations, and surveys, and collect and compile environmental data from samples of air, soil, water, food, and other materials for scientific analysis. They analyze samples, surveys, and other information to identify and assess threats to the environment and develop plans to prevent, control, or fix environmental problems, including land, water, or air pollution.

Environmental specialists provide information and guidance to government officials, businesses, and the public about possible environmental hazards and health risks. Environmental specialists prepare technical reports and presentations that explain their research and findings to upper management and other relevant peers. Environmental scientists need a bachelor's degree in environmental science, geography and regional planning, zoology, ecology, or related fields.

Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Environmental Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,683 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $56K
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Environmental Specialist Career Path

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Apothecary Farms
Cultivation Technician
Jun. 11, 2021

“Management was easy to work with and I felt that my personal time was respected.”

Sprouts Farmers MarketSprouts Farmers Market
Intern - Hourly
Apr. 6, 2020

“My team was awesome and I really enjoyed coming to work and being around them.”

Houston ZooHouston Zoo
Collegiate Conservation
Nov. 24, 2020

“It was a great place to work and I learned a lot at the internship.”

The Children's PlaceThe Children's Place
Intern - Hourly
Oct. 24, 2019

“Summer Fridays and a great internship for someone who wants to learn all aspects of the retail industry.”

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Intern - Hourly
Feb. 8, 2020

“Everyone is really friendly and they offer a lot of resources to move your career forward the way you want.”

Aquinas ConsultingAquinas Consulting
Intern - Hourly
Aug. 6, 2021

“This is a nice place to work with nice managers who work with you and help you learn the industry.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas | HCSCBlue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas | HCSC
Intern - Hourly
Feb. 15, 2020

“Compensation was average to perhaps a little bit below average and didn't include any perks beyond an hourly rate.”

Wells FargoWells Fargo
Intern - Hourly
Jan. 8, 2021

“The paid internship I participated in was a great way to get to know Wells Fargo”

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