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Environmental Scientists

ANZSCO ID 2343

Overview

All Environmental Scientists

  • $1,779 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 21,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 41% female Gender Share

Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources.

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Environmental Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • evaluating habitat, wildlife and fisheries needs, and formulating shortand long-term management goals and objectives
  • enforcing laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife
  • carrying out environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects
  • proposing solutions to address negative environmental impact
  • studying the effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and the impacts of humans, on animal and plant life
  • studying and analysing pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • developing conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, and establishing standards and developing approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing
  • implementing policies and organising activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage
  • participating in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Environmental Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management and Sustainability VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Law and government

    58% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  7. Chemistry

    58% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Geography

    55% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  9. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Engineering and technology

    49% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  12. Physics

    48% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  13. Public safety and security

    47% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Education and training

    46% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  15. Mechanical

    41% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  16. Technical design

    40% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  17. Communications and media

    39% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Transportation

    37% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Building and construction

    37% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  20. Economics and accounting

    28% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  8. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Active learning

    57% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Instructing

    57% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Systems analysis

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  15. Coordination with others

    54% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    48% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Problem spotting

    66% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  9. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  14. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Working with numbers

    52% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  18. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Researching and investigating

    77% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Communicating with the public

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    73% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    70% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  10. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Scheduling work and activities

    64% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    62% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  15. Explaining things to people

    62% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Giving expert advice

    62% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    56% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    53% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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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.

Work Environment

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.

  6. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Contact with people

    84% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Spend time sitting

    80% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Impact of decisions

    78% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    78% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Contact with the public

    72% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  16. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  18. Competition

    62% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    59% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    58% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    67% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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.

All Environmental Scientists

  • $1,779 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 21,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 41% female Gender Share

Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources.

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Environmental Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • evaluating habitat, wildlife and fisheries needs, and formulating shortand long-term management goals and objectives
  • enforcing laws and regulations to conserve and protect fish and wildlife
  • carrying out environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects
  • proposing solutions to address negative environmental impact
  • studying the effects of factors, such as terrain, altitude, climatic and environmental change, sources of nutrition, predators and the impacts of humans, on animal and plant life
  • studying and analysing pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • developing conservation and management policies for biological resources, such as fish populations and forests, and establishing standards and developing approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling and overgrazing
  • implementing policies and organising activities in designated parks and other areas to conserve and protect natural and cultural heritage
  • participating in management planning by providing environmental information and making inventories of plants, animals and items of cultural and heritage significance

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant field to work as an Environmental Scientist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management and Sustainability VET training pathways.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. Law and government

    58% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  7. Chemistry

    58% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Geography

    55% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  9. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Engineering and technology

    49% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  12. Physics

    48% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  13. Public safety and security

    47% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Education and training

    46% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  15. Mechanical

    41% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  16. Technical design

    40% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  17. Communications and media

    39% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Transportation

    37% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  19. Building and construction

    37% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  20. Economics and accounting

    28% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  3. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  8. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Active learning

    57% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  10. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Instructing

    57% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Systems analysis

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  15. Coordination with others

    54% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    48% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Problem spotting

    66% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Written expression

    64% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  9. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  12. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  14. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Working with numbers

    52% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  17. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  18. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Researching and investigating

    77% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Communicating with the public

    74% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    73% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  7. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    70% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  10. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Scheduling work and activities

    64% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    62% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  15. Explaining things to people

    62% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Giving expert advice

    62% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  17. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    56% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    53% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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.

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.

Filter Work Environment

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.

  6. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Contact with people

    84% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Spend time sitting

    80% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Impact of decisions

    78% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    78% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Contact with the public

    72% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  16. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  18. Competition

    62% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    59% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    58% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    71% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    67% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    57% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    52% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    76% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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.
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