Environmental protection specialists have expertise in evaluating existing problems and potential problems with the environment and assessing the means by which these can be solved or prevented. They conduct research on water food air and soil to determine whether it is safe. They investigate whether certain levels of pollution can affect people’s health. Many environmental protection specialists work for state and local governments. They can also work for the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor the existence of environmental risk factors and to develop ideas to solve environmental problems. The website www.ehow.com says that for this career individuals need at least a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a good background in chemistry biology and geology. However most employers give preference to job applicants with master’s degrees in environmental science or in a natural science. Those who want to pursue a teaching and research career at a college or university usually need to earn a Ph.D. Some environmental protection specialists work in offices but others may spend time outdoors and in remote areas investigating the quality of the environment. The website www.payscale.com says that the annual salary range for this career ranges from approximately $35000 to $103500. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) the job opportunities in this career are very good.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Helps to eliminate hazards that can affect the environment.
Studies natural resources.
Conducts outdoor research in remote locations.
Identifies environmental problems.
|Also Called:||Pollution Scientist
Hazardous Waste Specialist