Environmental Scientists & Specialists, Including Health

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Environmental Programs Specialist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Specialist

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Bioenvironmental Engineer; Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics; Bioenvironmental Engineer, Radiation; Bioenvironmental Engineering Craftsman; Bioenvironmental Engineering Manager; Emergency Management Apprentice; Emergency Management Journeyman; Public Health; Public Health Helper; Public Health Officer
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist; Entomology; Environmental Science and Engineering; Food Safety Officer; Medical Service Corps Officer; Preventive Medicine Sciences; Veterinary Biomedical Scientist; Veterinary Corps Officer
Living Marine Resource; Marine Environmental Response; Marine Safety Specialist Engineer; Marine Safety Specialist Response; Marine Science Technician; Port and Facility Safety and Security; Safety and Environmental Health
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Responder; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Specialist; Environmental Engineering Management Officer; Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Officer; Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Staff Noncommissioned Officer/Noncommissioned Officer
Aerospace Physiologist; Disaster Preparedness Officer; Entomologist; Environmental Specialist; Preventive Medicine Officer (Aerospace); Preventive Medicine Officer (Occupational); Preventive Medicine Technician; Radiation Health Technician; Safety Engineer; Space Requirements Analyst
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What they do:
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Communicate scientific or technical information to the public, organizations, or internal audiences through oral briefings, written documents, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings.
  • Monitor effects of pollution or land degradation and recommend means of prevention or control.
  • Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage, and report environmental data, such as pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring measurements, meteorological or mineralogical information, or soil or water samples.


Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • biology
  • chemistry


  • customer service
  • administrative services

Safety and Government

  • law and government


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • teaching people how to do something



  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • Laboratory information management system LIMS
  • Wolfel IMMI

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology In Demand

Data base user interface and query software

  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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