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What is a day in the life of an Environmental scientist like?

I am curious if all Environmental Scientists have the opportunity to explore the outdoors to obtain samples and gain knowledge out in the field for their researches. #environmental-science #environmental-engineering #sustainability #forestry

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Jishnu’s Answer

Hi Adriana
Environmental Scientists can "explore the outdoors to obtain samples and gain knowledge out in the field for their research". However, it depends on what kind of research they want to do. For eg. - If someone wants to do a specific research pertaining to genetics they might assign someone else to get them the samples which they analyse in the lab to get the results.
On the other hand, if you are working in an area where an expert opinion is necessary to get some answers we do go out and explore the region.
For eg., in my research I have to go to India, to drill in villages where many poor people are getting very sick due to water contamination. I bring the samples back and study them in my laboratory. So, I can explore new places and also work in the confines of my lab.
I also have friends who visit some of the most beautiful places on the earth for their research. In fact, I know someone who has been to Antarctica recently
It all depends on what you plan to work on. I do hope I have been able to answer your question. However, if you think you want to know more please do not hesitate to ask me again.

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Richard’s Answer

Good evening. I cannot say that all environmental scientists are out in the filed collecting data, but this is in the scope of the job description. Environmental scientists primarily provide information and guidance to stakeholders based on the environment in which they operate; preventive measures are applied to reduce, mitigate, or eliminate risks. Environmental scientists gain knowledge of their environment through training, research and evidence gathering or data collection. Data collection comes in different forms to include: surveys, interviews and questionnaires, all of which are essential to the environmental scientist in order to gain insight into the field of study. There are many different aspects of environmental science, i.e. epidemiology, sanitation, hygiene and entomology to name a few. I hope that this answers your question. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

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Wataru’s Answer

Aloha Adriana,
I hope that I can get you excited about this field.
Environmental science is a very broad field and the work that you can be involved in as a scientist is just as varying. My typical day is spent in the office to perform data analysis, conduct program/project management, and prepare reports. So typically, a technician or a contractor will be out in the field collecting samples. There may be times, however, that the sampling or fieldwork is sensitive or complex and in those cases, I have the opportunity to travel and explore the outdoors.