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Environmental Planner / Scientist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Environmental Planner or Scientist uses training and background in natural sciences to study the environment and threats to the environment. Investigates environmental problems and advises on solutions. May focus on potential environmental health risks to people, such as unsafe drinking water, or on protecting the environment and ecosystems from human activity such as development and industrial pollution.

Job Outlook

There were 1135 Environmental Planner / Scientist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 33733 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Environmental Planner / Scientist 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 $76,541.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $71,322.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Environmental Planner / Scientist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $60,877.

Education and Experience

Posted Environmental Planner / Scientist 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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree67.62%
Master's Degree27.7%
Doctoral Degree8.08%
Other7.5%

Posted Environmental Planner / Scientist 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 years36.96%
3 to 5 years40.24%
6 to 8 years12.65%
9+ years10.16%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Environmental Planner / Scientist 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.

  • Communication (41.18%)
  • Management (35.88%)
  • Planning (24.52%)
  • Research (24.2%)
  • Writing (21.42%)
  • Operations (20.62%)
  • Coordinating (19.74%)
  • Investigation (17.89%)
  • Detail Oriented (17.14%)
  • Leadership (15.87%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Environmental Permitting (10.3%)
  • Biology (30.46%)
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (6.37%)
  • Ecology (12.28%)
  • Environmental Consulting (8.29%)
  • Environmental Resource Management (6.07%)
  • Environmental Planning (9.53%)
  • Field Research (13.37%)
  • Environmental Science (54.34%)
  • Environmental Laws (20.44%)
  • National Environmental Policy Act (8.58%)
  • Geology (17.7%)
  • Project Management (31.44%)
  • Groundwater (12.15%)
  • Sampling (Statistics) (13.14%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Site Assessment (8.74%)
  • Auditing (11.28%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (13.34%)
  • Regulatory Compliance (9.16%)
  • Chemistry (16.35%)
  • Business Development (7.59%)
  • Construction (6.87%)
  • Data Collection (12.73%)
  • Data Analysis (14%)
  • Geography (3.95%)
  • Stormwater Management (11.33%)
  • Environmental Engineering (15.08%)
  • Environmental Compliance (15.93%)
  • Risk Analysis (4.57%)
  • Subcontracting (8.13%)
  • Technical Writing (10.82%)
  • Soil Science (18.38%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (9.19%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Wetland Delineation (6.83%)
  • Soil Sampling (2.88%)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (4.78%)
  • Sustainability Initiatives (2.12%)
  • Endangered Species Act (4.1%)
  • Groundwater Monitoring (1.36%)
  • Clean Water Act (6.37%)
  • Air Quality (7.92%)
  • Environmental Management Systems (3.08%)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (3.83%)
  • Environmental Auditing (1.33%)
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (1.67%)
  • Environmental Issue (6.08%)
  • Earth Science (2.67%)
  • Impact Assessment (1.87%)
  • Environmentalism (2.62%)
  • Greenhouse Gas (3.23%)
  • Environmental Studies (6.61%)
  • Pollution Prevention (5.9%)
  • Hydrogeology (4.25%)
  • Resource Conservation And Recovery Act (RCRA) (6.69%)
  • Surface Water (5.61%)
  • Sediment (3.66%)
  • Spill Response (3.07%)
  • Water Quality (5.05%)

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.

  • Clean Water Act (8.94%)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (5.39%)
  • Environmentalism (3.69%)
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (8.95%)
  • Environmental Science (76.36%)
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (2.35%)
  • Pollution Prevention (8.29%)
  • Impact Assessment (2.63%)
  • Project Management (44.18%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Environmental Planner / Scientist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Scientist/Geologist
  • Environmental Engineer/Scientist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Coordinator
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Scientist

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 Planner / Scientist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • AECOM (667)
  • WSP Global (625)
  • State of Florida (542)
  • Stantec (533)
  • Actalent (507)
  • Eurofins (449)
  • Marriott International (434)
  • Transdev (367)
  • Tetra Tech (335)
  • State of Minnesota (276)

North Carolina

  • State of North Carolina (75)
  • AECOM (35)
  • Actalent (23)
  • Ecs Services (23)
  • Environmental International Consultants (19)
  • Ecs (19)
  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (16)
  • ICF International (16)
  • Transdev (15)
  • Marriott International (14)

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!