Environmental Scientists

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Environmental Scientists study, develop, implement and advise on policies and plans for managing and protecting the environment, flora, fauna and other natural resources.
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Environmental Scientists
  • How many are employed in this occupation?
25,500
  • What are the average weekly earnings for full time workers ($ before tax)?
$1495
  • How does unemployment compare with other occupations?
Average
  • What are the job prospects for this occupation?
Average
  • What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?
Moderate growth
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Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying 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

Job Titles

  • Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Research Scientist
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Scientists

VET (Vocational Education And Training)

  • Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
  • Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

University

  • Bachelor of Environment

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