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Environmental scientist
Rank: 45 of 50
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GRADES: Stress: B   /   Flexibility: C   /   Creativity: B   /   Difficulty: C

Average pay: $59,027
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $45,641 $47,429
50% in this career make more than: $55,570 $57,596
25% in this career make more than: $68,187 $71,445
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $91,397

10-year job growth: 17.11%
Total jobs 2004: 73,370
Forecast 2014: 85,923
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 2,558

Career description
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Exclude Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (19-1023), Conservation Scientists (19-1031), Forest and Conservation Technicians (19-4093), Fish and Game Wardens (33-3031), and Forest and Conservation Workers (45-4011). Illustrative Example: Environmental Analyst

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