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. 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.


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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $60,340.00
Average Time to Fill 35 days
Typical Education Bachelor's Degree
Typical Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 988
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 18.48 %

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Skills Profile


Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Problem-solving
Decision-making
Integrity
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Leadership
Technology and Tool Usage
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Organization
Creativity
Professionalism

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze chemical or biological data
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Monitor chemical action of substances
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Examine biological material specimens
Analyze organic compounds
Interpret laws or legislation
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Evaluate impact of governmental or other types of regulations or laws
Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies
Perform environmental assessment
Analyze environmental data
Analyze ecosystem data
Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Evaluate worker exposure to hazardous or dangerous conditions
Interpret research or operational data

Getting Information

Determine effects of pollution
Collect statistical data
Conduct field research
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Conduct climatological research
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities
Conduct atmospheric research
Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities
Conduct historical research
Research social issues
Research medical or health improvement issues
Conduct vivisection for scientific research
Conduct biological research
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Review maps to determine location or routes

Thinking Creatively

Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Develop technical or scientific databases
Develop complex computer databases
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Develop theories or models of physical phenomena
Develop sustainable industrial or development methods
Identify sustainable business practices
Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources
Develop new products based on scientific research
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Prepare proposal documents or grant applications

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Measure environmental characteristics
Monitor atmospheric or meteorological conditions
Inspect condition of natural environments
Monitor project risk mitigation plan
Monitor project scope guidelines
Monitor soil conditions
Maintain safe work environment
Maintain safe environment for children
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Manage project life cycle
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Manage laboratory environment or facility
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage scientific activities and operations associated with atmospheric, environmental, or geological conditions
Supervise scientific or research based personnel
Supervise scientific or technical personnel
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Implement pollution control techniques
Employ statistical process control procedures
Follow safety procedures and regulations in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Perform chemical processing emergency procedures
Implement health or sanitation standards
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Employ radiation safety procedures
Implement air quality control measures
Determine project methods and procedures
Determine negligence or violation of laws or regulations
Select methods of processing, forming, or firing clays

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise others about land management or conservation
Advise others on matters of public policy
Advise industrial or manufacturing personnel
Advise scientific or research personnel
Recommend conservation measures
Advise authorities or others on the management of emergency situations, radiation incidents, or hazardous conditions
Advise others regarding environmental practices, standards, or concerns
Recommend action to ensure legal or regulatory compliance


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Environmental Regulations
Occupational Health and Safety
Hazardous Waste
Staff Management
Technical Writing / Editing
Supervisory Skills
Legal Compliance


Related Licensing Requirements


DSL-Distribution System large (18-0000000163)

DSL (Distribution System Large) - (A) serves a population greater than 10,000; or (B) serves a population less than 10,001, and consists of at least (1) booster pumps in the distribution system other than booster pumps to storage tanks, or (2) mechanical devices for movement of water beyond storage.Requirements:Must meet all the following: A.Education: All grades require a minimum of high school or its equivalent B.Experience: Hands-on operation in the class system applied for, as follows: DSS - 1 year, DSM -1 year, DSL - 1 year, WT1 -1 year, WT2 - 1 year, WT3 - 2 years, WT4 - 2 years, WT5 - 3 years

- Indiana Department of Environmental Management~Office of Water Quality, Drinking Water Branch~Permit Certification and Capacity Section (3172347431)
- http://www.in.gov/IDEM/4221.htm

DSM-Distribution System Medium (18-0000000164)

DSM (Distribution System Medium) - (A) serves a population greater than 3,300 but less than 10,001 and has no mechanical means of movement of water other than (1) pressure tanks, (2) storage tanks, or (3) booster pumps to storage tanks; or (B) serves a population less than 3,301, and consists of at least (1) pumps, not including well pumps, before the entry point to the distribution system, or (2) booster pumps to storage tanks Requirements: Must meet all the following: A.Education: All grades require a minimum of high school or its equivalent B.Experience: Hands-on operation in the class system applied for, as follows: DSS - 1 year,DSM -1 year, DSL - 1 year, WT1 - 1 year, WT2 - 1 year, WT3 - 2 years, WT4 - 2 years, WT5 - 3 years

- Indiana Department of Environmental Management~Office of Water Quality, Drinking Water Branch~Permit Certification and Capacity Section (3172347431)
- http://www.in.gov/IDEM/4221.htm

DSS-Distribution System Small (18-0000000165)

DSS (Distribution System Small) - (A) serves a population less than 3,301, and (B) has no components other than (1) pressure or (2) storage tanks. A nontransient noncommunity system serving a population less than 501 utilizing no treatment other than ion exchange or inline filtration is a DSS system.Requirements: Must meet all the following: A.Education: All grades require a minimum of high school or its equivalent B.Experience: Hands-on operation in the class system applied for, as follows: DSS - 1 year, DSM -1 year, DSL - 1 year, WT1 -1 year, WT2 - 1 year, WT3 - 2 years, WT4 - 2 years, WT5 - 3 years

- Indiana Department of Environmental Management~Office of Water Quality, Drinking Water Branch~Permit Certification and Capacity Section (3172347431)
- http://www.in.gov/IDEM/4221.htm

Drinking Water Course Provider (18-0000000166)

Drinking Water Course Provider: A person making application for himself/herself representing a company or organization as an instructor of a training course which deals with technical matters related directly to water distribution or water treatment or general matters related to the responsibilities of a certified water works operator and who has met academic work by educational background, practical or professional experience, and current professional affiliation.

- Indiana Department of Environmental Management~Office of Water Quality, Drinking Water Branch~Permit Certification and Capacity Section (3172347431)
- http://www.in.gov/IDEM/4221.htm


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