Environmental Scientist and Specialist at a Glance

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Best States for Environmental Scientist and Specialist

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in 2011
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Annual Salary
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Hourly Pay
West Virginia 420 $35,490 $17
Alaska 230 $42,270 $20
Wyoming 160 $43,250 $21

Becoming an Environmental Scientist and Specialist

Environmental scientists and specialists typically hold a bachelor's degree in environmental science or another natural science, such as biology or chemistry. A master's degree can help with career opportunities and advancement, while a doctoral is generally only necessary for college teaching and some research positions. Environmental scientists should possess strong analytical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.

Several for-profit and some non-profit schools offer online bachelor's degrees in environmental studies. In an environmental studies degree program, students take courses in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics, specialized classes, as well as courses in environmental policies and regulations, management, and ethics. Some of the specific classes in a bachelor's of science in natural science program may include:

  • Concepts of Sustainability
  • Environmental Policies
  • Scientific and Technical Writing
  • Energy & Environmental Systems

Entry-level positions for environmental scientists and specialists include field analysts, research assistants, and laboratory technicians. Over time, as they gain more experience, they may advance to a management or research positions. Some environmental scientists and specialists move on to careers as researchers or faculty at colleges or universities.