How to become a Environmental Scientist

Environmental scientists measure and record features of the environment and study, assess and develop methods of controlling or minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.

Personal requirements of a Environmental Scientist

  • A logical approach to problem-solving
  • Aptitude for technical tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as a part of a team

Education & Training for a Environmental Scientist

To become an environmental scientist you usually have to complete a degree in environmental science, science or applied science with a major in environmental science, natural resource management, geography, marine science or a related field. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and environmental science are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 21.1%

NT 2.8%

QLD 25.2%

SA 4.5%

TAS 2.5%

VIC 22.3%

WA 19.1%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 59.3%

Female 40.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 56%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 36.2%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 42.2%

Above 35 years: 59.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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