Environmental scientists/specialists have a great deal of knowledge of the environment and are tasked with applying scientific research and methodology to address environmental issues such as conservation, resource replenishment, sustainability, and pollution.
Most of these specialists conduct field work on a regular basis to investigate soil, sediment, and groundwater, observe log soil, determine permit modifications, conduct research regarding corrective action and other environmental programs, manage budgets, write reports, and interact with internal and external clients. They may work with other scientists and government officials to conduct environmental research, and also work in an office setting to record data and important information.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers require a master's degree or Ph.D. Long hours are common in this position and can vary depending on particular projects and deadlines.
Environmental Scientist / Specialist, Including Health Tasks
Identify and solve problems relating to environmental hazards including population sensitivities, vulnerabilities, multiple pathway exposures, and chemical, biological, and physical stressors.
Create and maintain environmental policies and assist officials and scientists in risk assessments.
Inspect and analyze environmental conditions.