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Environmental Scientist

Study and develop policies and plans for control and management of pollution or degradation of the environment.


  • Plan and conduct research into the physical and biological nature of the environment
  • Develop management options for minimising impacts of industrial, agricultural and urban processes on the environment
  • Analyse pollutants, identify their sources and assess their effects on the environment
  • Monitor effects of pollution and land degradation, and recommend options for prevention and control
  • Conduct research and prepare proposals to lessen impacts on the environment
  • Investigate environmental matters of immediate and long-term importance to governments and communities
  • Negotiate with, and providing advice to, industry, government and the public on environmental matters
  • Assist in developing policies, strategies and codes of practice on environmental management

Personal Requirements

  • communication skills
  • observational skills
  • enjoy science
  • problem solving skills
  • analytical skills
  • enjoy research
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team


An Environmental Scientist requires a degree in environmental science, science/applied science majoring in environmental science, or agriculture. Most universities across Australia provide a suitable course. Research scientists or academics usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.


Tertiary Education Providers

Charles Sturt University
University of New England
Sydney University
University of Western Sydney
Southern Cross University

University of Melbourne
La Trobe University

South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University

Western Australia
Curtin University
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

University of Tasmania

University of Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
University of Southern Queensland

Australian National University

Charles Darwin University

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