Average annual pay: $73,930
Environmental scientist jobs may grow at a faster than average rate of 11% from 2014 to 2024, according to the BLS, and for people who care about protecting the planet, it can be a rewarding career. Environmental scientists are tasked with identifying problems and finding solutions that protect the health of the environment and its inhabitants.
Environmental scientists spend their days collecting data and monitoring environmental conditions and typically work in all kinds of weather. According to the BLS, fieldwork can be physically demanding and may require travel to different locations.
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To become an environmental scientist, you'll need a 4-year degree.