Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Exclude "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023), "Conservation Scientists" (19-1031), "Forest and Conservation Technicians" (19-4093), "Fish and Game Wardens" (33-3031), and "Forest and Conservation Workers" (45-4011).
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Provide scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public. Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements. Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage, and report environmental data, such as pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring measurements, meteorological or mineralogical information, or soil or water samples. Communicate scientific or technical information to the public, organizations, or internal audiences through oral briefings, written documents, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings. Provide advice on proper standards and regulations or the development of policies, strategies, or codes of practice for environmental management. Prepare charts or graphs from data samples, providing summary information on the environmental relevance of the data. Conduct environmental audits or inspections or investigations of violations. Monitor effects of pollution or land degradation and recommend means of prevention or control. Design or direct studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $19.67   Entry $40,897.00
Mean $30.76   Mean $63,986.00
Experience $36.31 Experience $75,531.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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19-2041.00 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health