Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health:

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.

Also includes

Climate Change Analysts , Environmental Restoration Planners , Industrial Ecologists

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $60,340.00
Average Time to Fill 35 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 983
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 13.75 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Technology and Tool Usage
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze chemical or biological data
Analyze organic compounds
Examine biological material specimens
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Monitor chemical action of substances
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems
Analyze ecosystem data
Analyze environmental data
Perform environmental assessment
Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies
Evaluate impact of governmental or other types of regulations or laws
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Interpret laws or legislation
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Evaluate worker exposure to hazardous or dangerous conditions
Interpret research or operational data

Getting Information

Determine effects of pollution
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Conduct climatological research
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities
Conduct atmospheric research
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities
Conduct historical research
Research social issues
Research medical or health improvement issues
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Conduct biological research
Conduct vivisection for scientific research
Review maps to determine location or routes

Thinking Creatively

Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Develop theories or models of physical phenomena
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Develop technical or scientific databases
Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources
Identify sustainable business practices
Develop sustainable industrial or development methods
Develop new products based on scientific research
Prepare proposal documents or grant applications
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Measure environmental characteristics
Inspect condition of natural environments
Monitor atmospheric or meteorological conditions
Monitor project risk mitigation plan
Monitor project scope guidelines
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Maintain safe environment for children
Maintain safe work environment
Monitor soil conditions
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Manage project life cycle
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage laboratory environment or facility
Manage scientific activities and operations associated with atmospheric, environmental, or geological conditions
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Supervise scientific or technical personnel
Supervise scientific or research based personnel
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Perform chemical processing emergency procedures
Follow safety procedures and regulations in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Employ statistical process control procedures
Implement pollution control techniques
Employ radiation safety procedures
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Implement health or sanitation standards
Implement air quality control measures
Determine project methods and procedures
Determine negligence or violation of laws or regulations
Select methods of processing, forming, or firing clays

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise others about land management or conservation
Advise scientific or research personnel
Advise industrial or manufacturing personnel
Advise others on matters of public policy
Recommend conservation measures
Advise authorities or others on the management of emergency situations, radiation incidents, or hazardous conditions
Recommend action to ensure legal or regulatory compliance
Advise others regarding environmental practices, standards, or concerns

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Environmental Regulations
Occupational Health and Safety
Hazardous Waste
Staff Management
Technical Writing / Editing
Supervisory Skills
Legal Compliance

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