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Environmental scientist

What is it like to be an Environmental scientist?

Environmental scientists study the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources, in order to derive and implement policies and strategies for controlling or minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.

Many Environmental Scientists work in the field to actively promote sustainability and conservation, while others work in an office, or educational settings such as schools and universities.

For more information about a career as an Environmental scientist, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Success as an Environmental scientist is primarily founded upon a strong passion for protecting the long-term sustainability of our environment.

Other important attributes include:

  • good written and verbal communication skills
  • ability to work both individually and as part of a team
  • aptitude for problem solving
  • ability to provide solutions to real-world problems.

To become an Environmental scientist

To be able to become an Environmental Scientist, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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