Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Environmental Scientists and Specialists are typically required to have a bachelor’s degree, although some positions may require a masters or higher. Sometimes there are customized training programs that are offered at the associate and certification levels.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You are attentive to detail
- You are honest and ethical
- You like to analyze information
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
Environmental Compliance Inspectors Environmental Engineers Soil and Water Conservationist Geo-scientists Hydrologists