Environmental Scientist and Specialist

Environmental Scientist and Specialist

Environmental scientist and specialist direct and support land and nutrient management operations to comply with company programs and regulatory requirements. Additionally, they will manage ecological studies to assess the environmental fate of plant biotechnology traits and evaluate potential effects on soil organisms and microbial processes.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Study living organisms and their relationship to their environment
  • Investigate the growth and characteristics of microscopic organisms
  • Use biotechnology to advance knowledge of cell reproduction and disease in plants
  • Direct nutrient analysis and establish testing systems for fertilizer products
  • 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 plant biotechnology traits
  • 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
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry and biology and mathematics.
Education/Training 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.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Typical employers are research firms, governmental organizations, schools/universities and environmental organizations.
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 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$74,059
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