Environmental Scientist & Specialist
Environmental Scientist and Specialist provide the means to comply with company programs and regulatory requirements though land and nutrient management facilities.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Study living organisms and their relationship to their environment
- Investigate the growth and characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, or fungi
- Use biotechnology to advance knowledge of cell reproduction and disease in plants
- Direct nutrient analysis and establish testing systems for fertilizer products including on-site field tests and quality control
- Improve and develop products, lead research and development efforts to expand product lines
- Conduct tests to sample environmental products for the appearance of microscopic organisms
- Act as a liaison with other departments on microbiological and sanitation issues
- Manage ecological studies to assess the environmental fate of plant biotechnology traits and evaluate potential effects on soil organisms and microbial processes
- Research problems dealing with life processes and living organisms
- Conduct product development to preserve and repair the natural environment
- Work in teams, interacting with engineers, scientists of other disciplines, business managers, and technicians
- Analyze scientific data, and perform quality control checks
- Conduct various field research activities
- Characterize plants for agronomic traits and animals for development traits
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field, such as horticulture, chemistry or environmental science is required for some entry level positions. Positions that are research or specialty focused require a master’s or doctorate degree.
To pursue a career as an Environmental Scientist & Specialist:
The following high school courses are recommended:agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry, and mathematics.
Employed by research firms, governmental organizations, schools/universities and environmental organizations.
Future Job Market/Outlook:
The future outlook for Environmental Scientist and Specialist is projected to be excellent.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:
- Ecological Society of America
- American Society of Plant Biologist
- American Society of Microbiology
- World Association of Soil and Water Conservation