Environmental Scientist

Job Description

Environmental scientists concern themselves with studying the impact of human activity on the environment, and identifying ways to manage, minimise or eliminate any negative impacts, such as air pollution.

Careers Ladder


To become an environmental scientist, you’ll need to have a bachelors degree in a relevant subject such as environmental science, environmental engineering or environmental bioscience. It’s also possible to get into this career with a related scientific degree such as microbiology, chemistry, geoscience or physics. It is also common for environmental scientists to have achieved a postgraduate qualification such as a masters or PhD, which may be necessary for career progression.

Gaining relevant voluntary or paid experience is beneficial to making a graduate application. You might be able to find paid work experience with local authorities or large employers. There may also be volunteering opportunities within non-governmental organisations and environment charities.


  • Analytical
  • Communicator
  • Innovative
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Gather Samples
  • Collect observational data
  • Lab testing
  • Assessments
  • Scientific Reporting

Future Prospects

With increased pressure on industry and governments to reduce the harmful effects their activities have on the world, there is more demand than ever for environmental scientists.

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;