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Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health - 19-2041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Programs Specialist
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Hazardous Substances Scientist
  • Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
  • Research Environmental Scientist
  • Senior Environmental Scientist

SOC Occupation Groups

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-2000 Physical Scientists
19-2040 Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
19-2041.00 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Related Occupations


  • Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance and to interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.
  • 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.
  • Conduct applied research on environmental topics, such as waste control or treatment or pollution abatement methods.
  • Conduct environmental audits or inspections or investigations of violations.
  • Design or direct studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects.
  • Determine data collection methods to be employed in research projects or surveys.
  • Develop methods to minimize the impact of production processes on the environment, based on the study and assessment of industrial production, environmental legislation, and physical, biological, and social environments.
  • Develop programs designed to obtain the most productive, non-damaging use of land.
  • Develop the technical portions of legal documents, administrative orders, or consent decrees.
  • Evaluate violations or problems discovered during inspections to determine appropriate regulatory actions or to provide advice on the development and prosecution of regulatory cases.
  • Investigate and report on accidents affecting the environment.
  • Monitor effects of pollution or land degradation and recommend means of prevention or control.
  • Monitor environmental impacts of development activities.
  • Plan or develop research models, using knowledge of mathematical and statistical concepts.
  • Prepare charts or graphs from data samples, providing summary information on the environmental relevance of the data.
  • Process and review environmental permits, licenses, or related materials.
  • Provide advice on proper standards and regulations or the development of policies, strategies, or codes of practice for environmental management.
  • Provide scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public.
  • Research sources of pollution to determine their effects on the environment and to develop theories or methods of pollution abatement or control.
  • Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements.
  • Supervise or train students, environmental technologists, technicians, or other related staff.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Advise others on matters of public policy.
  • Assess compliance with environmental laws.
  • Compile environmental or climatological data.
  • Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects.
  • Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources.
  • Develop sustainable industrial or development methods.
  • Develop theories or models of physical phenomena.
  • Direct technical activities or operations.
  • Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities.
  • Plan environmental research.
  • Prepare information or documentation related to legal or regulatory matters.
  • Prepare research or technical reports on environmental issues.
  • Provide technical information or assistance to public.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities.
  • Research impacts of environmental conservation initiatives.
  • Review environmental permits, plans, or reports.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
  • Supervise trainees.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Entomology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Environmental Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Environmental Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Science Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Weather (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Weather Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Weather Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Weather Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Weather Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Weather Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Environmental Analyst

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Environmental Analyst