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ACC's Earth & Environmental Sciences Department

ACC's Earth & Environmental Sciences Department is comprised of the Environmental Science & Technology and Geology programs.

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Environmental Sciences and Technology Apps

Apps (little software applications) allow you to customize your tablet to do the things you like to do. Some of the apps listed are free, while others are fee-based. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. Listed, you will find some app recommendations we have come up with through trial, error, and our own experiences.

ACC Library Services does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons.

EcoSmart App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
EcoSmart-Learn what can be recycled and the correct bins to use. (Android)

RecycleNation App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
RecylceNation-Enables users to search for recycling locations, find places to mail in items for recycling, share recycling tips with friends and family, view and track their environmental impact and more. (iOS)

Marine Debris Tracker App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Marine Debris Tracker-Help make a difference by telling the creators when you find trash on coastlines and waterways. You can track and log marine debris items from a list of common debris items found on the beach or in the water. (Android)

Google Earth App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Google Earth-Search for cities, places, and businesses; browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more; visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. (iOS)

SeaPhoto App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
SeaPhoto-This application provides access to over 1,650 high quality images of over 631 species of marine life of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, including over 130 species with detailed ecological information. (iOS)


Environmental Science and Technology


This guide contains information concerning environmental and energy science and current global concerns including: environmental hazards, pollution, energy conservation, environmental preservation, environmental regulatory agencies, and environmental health. Related subject guides include:





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Careers in Environmental Science

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
On-the-job Training 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.

Work Environment

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.

Job Outlook

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.

State & Area Data

Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for environmental scientists and specialists.

Similar Occupations

Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of environmental scientists and specialists with similar occupations.

More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about environmental scientists and specialists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

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