|Quick Facts: Environmental Scientists and Specialists|
$61,700 per year
$29.66 per hour
|19% (About as fast as average)|
Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population.
Environmental scientists and specialists work in offices and laboratories. They also may spend time in the field gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions firsthand. Most environmental scientists and specialists work full time.
Environmental scientists and specialists need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science for most entry-level jobs.
The median annual wage of environmental scientists and specialists was $61,700 in May 2010.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.
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