Summary of Career Info for Environmental Scientists from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
|Quick Facts: Environmental Scientists and Specialists|
|2021 Median Pay||$76,530 per year
$36.79 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Bachelor's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2021||80,000|
|Job Outlook, 2021-31||5% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2021-31||3,800|
What Environmental Scientists and Specialists Do
Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with industry to reduce waste.
Environmental scientists and specialists work in offices and laboratories. Some may spend time in the field gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions firsthand. Most environmental scientists and specialists work full time.
How to Become an Environmental Scientist or Specialist
Environmental scientists and specialists need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or science-related field for most entry-level jobs.
The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $71,130 in May 2018.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.
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