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What does the typical day of an environmental scientist look like?

Updated Ashville, Ohio

So, I understand that it a very, VERY broad field. But, I am curious as to the range of jobs and daily activities associated with working within the environmental sciences/biology/geology?
Thank you!
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Anne’s Answer

Updated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

My job title is actually Environmental Scientist, but I work in a micro biological water testing laboratory. We analyze drinking water and wastewater because, as Michelle mentioned, we have to comply with state and federal regulations. Other responders have said how broad the field is and you can study a variety of science subjects (i.e., bio major, earth science, chemistry, hydrology, etc.) and still work as an environmental scientist.

Anne recommends the following next steps:

  • Research a job you find interesting and then determine what college major (and minor if you can) would best prepare you for that type of career.
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Thank you so much for your answer!

Michelle’s Answer

Updated Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
There are jobs in government, unversities, and the private sector. Within Universities you typically want to have a PhD to conduct research or teach. In the private sector, many of the jobs are related to regulation such as the Clean Water Act and wetland permitting, but there are also jobs in endangered species, NEPA, contamination assessments, among others areas. Government jobs are typically enforcing the regulations so reviewing permit applications for wetlands, endangered species, oil and gas or other. I find there are more jobs in states that have more regulations such as California or Florida. In Pennsylvania where I reside now, not as many jobs and not paid as well.
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I was not aware that I could still work with endangered species if I pursued a degree in Environmental Science. That kind of just made my day! Thank you so much!! That gives me a better understanding and look into what I am getting myself into.

Kamalpreet’s Answer

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It entirely depends on which environmental sector you are engaged in it may either be monitoring/assessment of soil, water and air resources, remediation of polluted sites, climate change. Further, depending on your work organization your duties or roles varies for example: a professor/teacher in environment subject will be engaged in creating awareness among students about various environmental issues and possible solutions; they may also be engaged in carrying out various research projects in the environment field. The Environmental Scientists/professionals engaged in government sectors work on finding out possible solutions to environmental problems, regular monitoring, formulate or implement new policies to conserve the environment.
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Thank you so much for your answer! When I originally asked the question, I had a very limited view of the field that I am studying and was uncertain of what exactly I could do. The amount of detail within your answer is amazing and gave me more of an idea. Thank you, again!

Yanisha’s Answer

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A typical day for an Environmental Biologist is typically testing different samples from a variety of places. Typically testing water, soil, plants etc.
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Thank you so much for your answer!