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Natural Science

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population. A Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science prepares students for a variety of entry-level jobs in this field including field analysts, research assistants, and technicians in laboratories and offices. Additional experience and/or education may be required for advancement.

Educational Qualifications

For most entry-level jobs, environmental scientists and specialists must have a bachelor’s degree. However, a master’s degree may be needed to advance in this field. A doctoral degree is typically needed only for college teaching and some research positions.

Job Outlook

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is expected to grow by 19% from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is projected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists. Further demand is also expected as a result of new and increasingly complex environmental laws and regulations. Most employment growth for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to be in private consulting firms that help clients monitor and manage environmental concerns and comply with regulations.

Entering Salary

The median annual wage of biological technicians was $39,020 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,930, and the top 10 percent earned more than $62,890.

The median annual wage of biological technicians was $39,020 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,930, and the top 10 percent earned more than $62,890.

 The median annual wage of environmental scientists and specialists was $61,700 in May 2011. The lowest 10% earned under $37,850 and the top 10% earned over $107,990.

 The median annual wage of environmental scientists and specialists was $61,700 in May 2011. The lowest 10% earned under $37,850 and the top 10% earned over $107,990.

 The median annual wage for mathematicians was $101,360 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,040, and the top 10 percent earned more than $152,950. The median annual wage for statisticians was $75,560 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,220 and the top 10 percent earned more than $121,890

The median annual wage of biophysicists was $79,390 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,050, and the top 10 percent earned more than $142,420

 May 2012, median annual wages by career were as follows:

  • Biological Technicians $39,750
  • Forensic Science Technicians $52,840
  • Audiologists $69,720
  • Physicians and Surgeons and other specialties
    • Primary Care $220,942
    • Psychiatry $220,252
    • General Surgery $367,885

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

Contact and Location

biology@lasierra.edu

951-785-2105
Price Science Complex, Room 201