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Environmental Field Chemist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Environmental Field Chemist samples, tests and assists with the clean up of hazardous materials at field sites. Ensures the safe handling and transport of hazardous chemicals and environmental regulatory compliance.

Job Outlook

There were 23 Environmental Field Chemist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 824 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Environmental Field Chemist 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 $68,872.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $68,872.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Environmental Field Chemist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $62,535.

Education and Experience

Posted Environmental Field Chemist 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 Degree1.33%
Bachelor's Degree87.26%
Master's Degree12.26%
Doctoral Degree2.79%
Other10.44%

Posted Environmental Field Chemist 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 years71.3%
3 to 5 years19.57%
6 to 8 years4.35%
9+ years4.78%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Environmental Field Chemist 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 (46.24%)
  • Collections (39.81%)
  • Packaging And Labeling (39.32%)
  • Customer Service (34.71%)
  • Communication (24.15%)
  • Detail Oriented (19.66%)
  • Coordinating (14.68%)
  • Quality Assurance (13.83%)
  • Quality Control (10.92%)
  • Safety Assurance (10.56%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Waste Management (26.04%)
  • Chemical Waste (38.74%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (31.7%)
  • Technical Services (28.05%)
  • Spill Response (28.3%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (23.14%)
  • Health And Safety Plan (HASP) (31.7%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (32.96%)
  • Chemistry (79.87%)
  • Environmental Chemistry (31.07%)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (46.42%)
  • Oil And Gas (25.28%)
  • Electrical Equipment (24.78%)
  • Inventory Staging (26.42%)
  • Analytical Testing (26.42%)
  • Environmental Science (21.26%)
  • Analytical Techniques (14.21%)
  • Environmental Data Management (10.19%)
  • Housekeeping (31.07%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Biology (20.38%)
  • Project Management (14.21%)
  • Auditing (4.4%)
  • Resource Conservation And Recovery Act (RCRA) (11.07%)
  • Peer Review (9.69%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (13.21%)
  • Data Validation (17.23%)
  • Safety Training (9.18%)
  • Environmental Laws (9.06%)
  • Code Of Federal Regulations (9.06%)
  • Client Services (8.05%)
  • European Quality Improvement Systems (11.45%)
  • Service Industries (9.43%)
  • Data Collection (10.31%)
  • Technical Presentations (8.81%)
  • Laboratory Experience (13.84%)
  • Pulmonology (9.18%)
  • Corporate Data Management (9.31%)
  • Soil Science (6.04%)
  • Usability (11.82%)
  • Business Development (9.06%)
  • Data Quality (13.33%)
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (3.9%)

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.

  • Health And Safety Plan (HASP) (35.34%)
  • Environmental Data Management (11.36%)
  • Analytical Testing (29.45%)
  • Analytical Chemistry (25.81%)
  • Chemistry (89.06%)
  • Environmental Chemistry (34.64%)
  • Environmental Science (23.7%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (35.34%)
  • Oil And Gas (28.19%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Environmental Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Field Chemist
  • Technical Services Chemist
  • Environmental Laboratory Analyst
  • Chemistry Scientist
  • Hazardous Waste Specialist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Pack Chemist

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 Field Chemist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Clean Harbors (329)
  • Montrose Environmental Group (77)
  • Actalent (40)
  • Tradebe Environmental Services (29)
  • Tradebe (19)
  • Tradebe Treatment And Recycling (17)
  • Eurofins (14)
  • Tetra Tech (13)
  • Thompson Industrial Services (12)
  • Easyhiring (11)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (4)
  • Tradebe Environmental Services (3)
  • State of North Carolina (3)
  • Clean Harbors (2)
  • Tradebe Treatment And Recycling (2)
  • Tradebe (2)
  • Talent Finder (2)
  • Research Triangle Institute (1)
  • NES Fircroft (1)
  • Arcadis (1)

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!