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

Environmental Scientist Salaries

Average Base Pay

€38,036 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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€26K
Median: €38K
€57K
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Environmental Scientist Career Path

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Environmental Scientist
€38,036/yr
Senior Environmental Scientist
€68,321/yr
Environmental Scientist

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
17%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
14%
8+
36%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Environmental Scientist Insights

Read what Environmental Scientist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Western Illinois UniversityWestern Illinois University
Wildlife Biologist
30 Apr 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
Hydrologist
4 Feb 2022

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

Colorado Springs UtilitiesColorado Springs Utilities
Environmental Scientist
29 Nov 2021

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

VerdantasVerdantas
Environmental Scientist
14 Mar 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
12 Aug 2021

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

Weston SolutionsWeston Solutions
Environmental Consultant
9 Feb 2022

“Personal growth potential is good”

CHS IncCHS Inc
Sales Agronomist
11 Mar 2021

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

AtkinsAtkins
Environmental Consultant
9 Feb 2022

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

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Environmental Scientist Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Environmental Scientist

When working as an Environmental Scientist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Attention To Detail, Wetland Delineation, Windows, Report Writing and Powerpoint.

The most similar professions to Environmental Scientist are:
  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • EHS Specialist

The most common qualifications to become an Environmental Scientist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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