Environmental Scientists & Specialists

Environmental Scientists and Specialists 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. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, they may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. (O*NET Online)

Environmental Scientists and Specialists are a diverse group of professionals who work in a wide-variety of settings. This profile page includes information about Environmental Scientists and specialists, including: Environmental AuditorsImpact Assessment Specialists, Environmental Officers, Environmental Coordinators, Reclamation Specialists and Remediation Specialists. In addition to the resources below, you may also wish to view the related occupational links to the right.

Occupational Profile

Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:

Education

For most entry-level jobs, environmental scientists and specialists must have a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field, such as environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, or engineering. A master’s degree may be needed for some positions or for advancement. Environmental scientists and specialists who have a doctoral degree make up a small percentage of the occupation, and this level of training typically is needed only for the relatively few postsecondary teaching and basic research positions.  (Occupational Outlook Handbook) 

The University of Manitoba offers a range of applicable bachelor's degrees including Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, Agroecology, Chemistry and Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering option).  A similar range of Masters and PhD programs are also offered.

U of M Academic Calendar
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Faculty and Department Homepages
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Exploring Other Education Options

Information for foreign-trained professionals - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Labour Market Information

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Resources

Professional Associations
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Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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Other Links

External resources that will provide you with additional information about the occupation, areas of work and opportunities to build experience:

Date modified: May 2, 2019