Environmental Chemist

An environmental chemist dedicates their career to studying how chemicals that are made by humans interact with the natural environment. They measure toxic levels of chemicals and try to determine whether or not the world’s natural resources are being affected by them and if so they work to determine how the damage can be stopped. Environmental chemists conduct research studies and they gather information about how chemicals are affecting the environment by collecting samples of air soil and water and analyzing them in a laboratory. Not only do environmental chemists detect problems but they also according to www.ehow.com “create programs and equipment that conserve repair and protect the environment from further damage.” As with most chemistry professions the minimum educational requirement is a bachelor’s degree. Some colleges and universities offer specific degrees in environmental chemistry but others only offer more generic chemistry degrees. Regardless courses in environmental sciences organic chemistry engineering biology geology and other related subjects will help prepare an environmental chemist for a career in this field. Because of the problems associated with the ever-increasing levels of chemicals that continue to seep into the world’s natural resources there is expected to be a continuing demand for environmental chemists who will work to alleviate such situations. The website www.environmentalprograms.net lists the salary range for environmental chemists as between $37480 and $70435 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $50343.5
High Salary: $57339
Low Salary: $43348
Tasks: Conducts research on the impact of human activity on the environment.
Gathers samples and evaluates them in a laboratory.
Compiles scientific data.
Helps develop environmentally friendly products.
Also Called: Organic Chemist
Chemist
Environmental Engineer
Environmental Researcher
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6454253_environmental-chemist-job-description.html
http://www.environmentalprograms.net/guidance/env-chemistry/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_chemistry