Career

Environmental Scientist

Environmental scientists observe, measure and describe the natural environment with a view to conserve and protect it from harm such as pollution or contamination. A large part of the work of professionals in this field is in testing samples, integrating findings of past research and preparing environmental impact reports. The advice and recommendations of environmental scientists are often used in policy and legislation preparation, by tribunals or courts in place to approve development proposals and by companies whose business involves utilising natural resources or affecting the environment in any way (e.g. the manufacturing industry).

Post graduate specialisation is almost always necessary for any job title involving the word "scientist", though those with a bachelors degree may find employment in this field as technical officers, laboratory and research assistants. Conservation groups, private industry and the government sector are all employers of environmental scientists and this is an industry which is expected to grow as the state of the environment continues to become a mainstream issue in politics and the media.