Environmental Research Scientists study and develop policies and plans for the control of factors which may produce pollution, imbalance in or degradation of the environment.

Specialisations: Air Pollution Analyst, Ecologist, Land Degradation Analyst, Water Quality Analyst.

A bachelor degree in science majoring in environmental science or a related field is needed to work as an Environmental Research Scientist. Many Environmental Research Scientists complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Studies effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and impacts of humans, on animal and plant life.
  • Studies and analyses pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples.
  • Develops conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, as well as establishing standards and approaches for control of pollution and rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing.

All Environmental Scientists

  • $1,779 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Environmental Research Scientists

  • 4,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 44% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Environmental Research Scientists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 5,000 in 2011 to 4,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Environmental Research Scientists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (75%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 44% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services49.8
Public Administration and Safety23.2
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8.4
Education and Training6.5
Other Industries12.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateEnvironmental Research ScientistsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.031.6
VIC16.025.6
QLD21.820.0
SA7.37.0
WA16.410.8
TAS2.72.0
NT2.11.0
ACT2.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketEnvironmental Research ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-243.8-9.39.3
25-3432.7-22.922.9
35-4435.0-22.022.0
45-5417.2-21.621.6
55-595.6-9.09.0
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationEnvironmental Research ScientistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate39.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree54.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.5-21.121.1
Year 121.8-18.118.1
Year 110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.3-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in science majoring in environmental science or a related field is needed to work as an Environmental Research Scientist. Many Environmental Research Scientists complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand may be useful.

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Employers look for Environmental Scientists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English language

    69% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Clerical

    66% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  4. Customer and personal service

    62% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Biology

    59% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2041.00 - Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    89% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-2041.00 - Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health.

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