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.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 80,000 people employed as environmental scientists and specialists, including health in the United States. The median annual salary is $76,530. Entry level employees earn approximately $46,200 per year and senior employees earn approximately $129,070 per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.