There is a price any society pays for progress. Often, that price is measured in damage to our environment or the public health.
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, including health specialists, try to stop the damage.
These specialists investigate what’s causing the pollution or health hazard. They may perform laboratory and field tests to monitor environmental resources and determine the contaminants and sources of pollution.
Once these are identified, they work to stop the threat. They design and monitor waste disposal sites, preserve water supplies and reclaim contaminated land and water.
Being able to collect information and materials …and to study them to determine their impact…requires knowledge in various sciences.
Strong math skills are also important, because specialists often need to develop research models using statistical concepts.
And they need to be able to create charts and graphs to explain the data collected.
Environmental Scientists and Specialists may also be called upon to advise government regulators from the Health Department or State Departments of Environmental Conservation.
A bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for these occupations. For some jobs, you’ll also need at least 5 years of experience.
The air we breathe…the food we eat and the water we drink are all, cleaner because of environmental scientists and specialists.