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Environmental Scientist & Specialist

 

Overview:

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.

 

Typical Employers:

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