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          Helping you find a career in the environmental science industry

          Environmental scientists research and identify possible sources of pollution or danger that could adversely affect the environment or public health. This may involve data analysis, taking air, water or soil samples, or even analysing the data of others in the industry. Your discoveries will then often be written up and presented to others.

          Some environmental scientists will focus entirely on issues concerning the environment, while others will be more concerned with public health or animal/plant welfare. Often, projects will consider these issues simultaneously and in relation to each other.

          There are a lot of different roles in the environmental science industry, and each will demand different kinds of work. Some jobs like Environmental planning will involve a lot of desk work, research and analysis. Other roles, such as zoologists, will spend more time in the field, with some being limited to a single location and others travelling the world.

          Environmental scientists are problem solvers. They look at potential problems in the environment and work to solve them so we can live in a nicer, safer, cleaner world. If you're interested in preserving the environment, then the environmental sciences may be for you.

          You'll need a specific degree usually to get into a particular area of environmental science. Graduate schemes and jobs are also available, so get applying!

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          • FAQs
          Skills & interests required for a career in Environmental science

          Obviously, an interest in science and the environment are crucial. Different roles may need different skills or interests. A zoologist is going to need skills specifically related to animals, while an oceanographer is going to need detailed knowledge of marine conditions.

          Graduate schemes & other typical career progression routes in Environmental science

          Your career progression will vary widely dependent on what area of environmental study you go into. Typically, following graduation, you'll want to get a graduate position at a company like AB Agri, JCB or John Deere, but this will depend on your particular area of interest.

          As you work and gain more experience, further opportunities will open up for you. You can make a name for yourself in the industry by publishing research or helping with high-profile projects. This will make your profile stand out and help you secure progression within your business or within the industry.

          Tips for getting into the field

          A great way to gain experience and to stand out is to volunteer with organisations such as the National Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), or The Wildlife Trusts. Consider where your area of interest lies and look for volunteer work in that field.

          How much can graduates earn in Environmental science?

          Your salary will depend on your position. Here are some example median salaries for experienced members of various sectors of the environmental science industry:

          Nature Conservation Officer - £20,000-£30,000 Environmental manager - £38,000. Soil scientists - £25,000-£35,000, with senior positions earning up to £55,000. Oceanographer - £25,000, with very experienced oceanographers earning £38,000-£55,000 at the top level.

          What qualifications do I need for a career in Environmental science?

          At the very least, you'll need a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Here are some examples:

          • Microbiology
          • Chemistry
          • Geoscience
          • Natural Sciences
          • Zoology
          • Physics

          If you're looking for a more advanced positions, you're probably going to need a masters or even a PhD. The most senior research positions will almost certainly require these.

          Read more about the Environmental science industry

          The Institute of Environmental Science

          Marine Biological Association

          United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

          Environmental science industry bodies

          National Trust

          Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

          The Wildlife Trusts