Environmental Scientist and Specialist

Research. Advise. Supervise land and nutrient management operations. If that sounds exciting, you may enjoy a career as an environmental scientist and specialist.

work in environmental science as a microbiology soil scientistWhat Does a Career as an Environmental Scientist and Specialist Look Like?

Working as an environmental scientist and specialist involves conducting and assessing studies, advising agricultural organizations and predicting outcomes.

A career as an environmental scientist and specialist usually entails:

  • Research on biotechnology, ecological factors, soil organisms and microbial processes in order to assess relationships of living organisms in relation to their environments.
  • Advising clients regarding behavior and outcomes of microscopic organisms as related to ecology and agriculture.
  • Utilizing and developing biotechnology.
  • Testing, assessing, developing and advancing products related to agriculture and microbiology.
  • Evaluating and advising solutions for problems related to soil organisms, microbiology and plant health.
  • Conducting field research, analysing data and providing analysis in the form of advice and directives.

To work in this field, you need to have a good grasp of earth sciences, microbiology, soil science, mathematics and research best practices. You will be expected to know how to propose, plan, execute, analyse and document research projects.

Environmental Scientist and Specialist Salary and Job Forecast

Environmental scientists earn a median salary of $62,820.

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The job forecast for this occupation is positive; the number of jobs is expected to grow by about 10.8% nationally and 16.5% in North Carolina.

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What Education is Required to Work as an Environmental Scientist and Specialist?

Almost all environmental scientist and specialist positions require a bachelor’s degree, and approximately a third require a master’s degree.

environmental scientist education requirements

Explore the many related educational programs available at NC State here:

  • Majors, Minors & Certificates

Environmental Scientist and Specialist Job Opportunities

There are many different types of environmental science jobs to choose from. The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates qualify for:

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Science Specialist
  • Microbiology Soil Scientist

Explore environmental scientist and specialist job opportunities.

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Research. Advise. Improve processes. Jumpstart your career as an environmental scientist or specialist by applying to a soil science program today.