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Health and Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Job Information

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.


  • Federal, State, and local governments employ 44 percent of all environmental scientists and specialists.
  • A bachelor's degree in any life or physical science is generally sufficient for most entry-level positions, although many employers prefer a master's degree.
  • Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for environmental health workers in State and local government.


Personality I'm a problem solver
Salary $62,920/yr ($31.46/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Bachelors