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Environmental Scientist

Kaipūtaiao Ao Tūroa

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Environmental scientists study the environment and how plants, animals and other organisms are affected by it. They also study external influences, such as pollutants, and advise how to avoid or reduce harmful effects on the environment.


Environmental scientists usually earn

$49K-$130K per year

Source: Payscale.com and Environmental Protection Authority, 2017.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as an environmental scientist are good due to a shortage of workers.
Ecologists standing in a river using nets to search for alpine galaxias (fish)

Environmental scientists monitoring the impact of a recovery plan on a New Zealand freshwater fish species (Photo: Rod Morris, Department of Conservation)

Last updated 3 December 2018