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Environmental Research Scientist

Environmental Research Scientists study and develop policies and plans for the control of factors which may produce pollution, imbalance in or degradation of the environment.

Overview

Environmental Research Scientists study and develop policies and plans for the control of factors which may produce pollution, imbalance in or degradation of the environment.

Day-to-day

  • studies effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and impacts of humans, on animal and plant life
  • studies and analyses pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • develops conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, as well as establishing standards and approaches for control of pollution and rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing.

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To become an Environmental Research Scientist

  • You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in environmental science or a related field to work as an Environmental Research Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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