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Environmental Compliance Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Environmental Compliance Specialist performs environmental audits and advises companies on compliance with state, local and federal environmental regulations. Investigates company waste disposal, industrial hygiene and pesticide use practices and policies, advises on compliance issues and reports violations as needed.

Job Outlook

There were 146 Environmental Compliance Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6361 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Environmental Compliance Specialist industry, which includes the Environmental Compliance Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Environmental Compliance Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $70,479.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,072.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Environmental Compliance Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $51,022.

Education and Experience

Posted Environmental Compliance Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5.72%
Bachelor's Degree58.25%
Master's Degree16.81%
Doctoral Degree2.72%
Other9.59%

Posted Environmental Compliance Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years28.54%
3 to 5 years41.54%
6 to 8 years12.66%
9+ years17.25%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Environmental Compliance Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (35.17%)
  • Communication (33.14%)
  • Planning (19.62%)
  • Operations (18.83%)
  • Writing (18.66%)
  • Leadership (15.78%)
  • Coordinating (14.97%)
  • Customer Service (14.16%)
  • Research (13.44%)
  • Detail Oriented (12.64%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Environmental Compliance (43.84%)
  • Environmental Science (45.23%)
  • Project Management (29.7%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Environmental Permitting (19.95%)
  • Chemistry (10.67%)
  • Auditing (16.51%)
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (4.38%)
  • Automation (8.17%)
  • Business Development (9.6%)
  • Civil Engineering (8.68%)
  • Regulatory Compliance (17.32%)
  • Air Quality (16.51%)
  • Biology (21.17%)
  • Public Health (3.46%)
  • Construction (13.88%)
  • Environmental Monitoring (2.05%)
  • Field Research (7.16%)
  • Resource Conservation And Recovery Act (RCRA) (9.56%)
  • Environmental Studies (8.92%)
  • Hydrology (11.59%)
  • Waste Management (9.45%)
  • Environmental Management Systems (3.96%)
  • Environmental Laws (26.9%)
  • Pollution Prevention (14.26%)
  • Erosions (9.05%)
  • Environmentalism (6.29%)
  • Geology (8.96%)
  • Environmental Engineering (20.72%)
  • Environmental Issue (6.12%)
  • Environmental Resource Management (11.06%)
  • Environmental Planning (12.6%)
  • Environmental Health (4.45%)
  • Environmental Consulting (9.35%)
  • Wastewater (13.02%)
  • Hydraulic Engineering (8.68%)
  • Stormwater Management (22.35%)
  • Soil Science (7.06%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (11.04%)
  • Water Quality (11.74%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Project Management (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Environmental Compliance Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Environmental Permitting Specialist
  • Environmental Inspector
  • Teacher
  • Environmental Manager
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Environmental Regulatory Specialist
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Services Lead
  • Management Specialist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Environmental Compliance Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CDM Smith (521)
  • KinderCare Education (198)
  • Black & Veatch (193)
  • AECOM (84)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group (82)
  • Randstad (68)
  • Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania (62)
  • Cadmus International Limited (55)
  • State of Minnesota (54)
  • Stantec (50)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (21)
  • CDM Smith (16)
  • Kleinfelder (5)
  • City Of Greensboro (4)
  • State of North Carolina (3)
  • Path Light Pro (2)
  • Enviva Lp (2)
  • Raytheon Technologies (2)
  • Motion Recruitment (2)
  • Lowe's (2)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!