What does a Senior 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.

  • 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
  • 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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Senior Environmental Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$126,690 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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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.”

National Oil Spill Detection & Response Agency
Senior Environmental Scientist
May 9, 2020

“Professional and career development for Scientist especially in the regulatory of the oil and gas industry.”

Simplex AerospaceSimplex Aerospace
Senior Sustaining Engineer
Feb. 7, 2020

“This was brought up multiple times from previous engineering groups and we were always being promised performance reviews.”

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.”

Senior Environmental Consultant
Oct. 2, 2019

“Interesting work and good career prospects”

Anchor QEAAnchor QEA
Environmental Scientist
Mar. 25, 2021

“Some really great and engaged people to work with.”

TE ConnectivityTE Connectivity
May 21, 2020

“Career path and promotion is not that clear and efficient.”

Environmental Resources ManagementEnvironmental Resources Management
Environmental Consultant
Aug. 12, 2019

“Cross consultancy working is great for networking.”

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