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Environmental Scientists and Specialists

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.

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.

Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $67,460 in May 2015. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent by 2024.

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