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Environmental scientists study the effects of pollutants and toxins on ecosystems and implement ways to restore polluted environments to their natural state. They identify and quantify pollutants, as well as develop procedures for reducing them. The processes of degradation, conservation, recycling, and replenishment are central to an environmental scientist's study and work. They also study various industrial, transportation, and energy production processes in order to design effective strategies for minimizing pollution (preventative management). In addition, environmental scientists work with local communities, using their skills and knowledge to design and monitor waste disposal sites, safeguard water supplies, and recover contaminated land and water to comply with Federal environmental regulations. Environmental Science majors at Cleveland State University learn concepts and facts pertaining to the scientific study of the environment, and are trained in current laboratory skills.

Bachelor graduates in Environmental Science can work in a variety of jobs, moving from entry-level positions to more challenging positions by attaining work experience and/or graduate education. Environmental jobs entail both field and office/laboratory work. Government regulations written in the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Historic Preservation Act, and other legislation have created a demand for environmental scientists working in positions to assure or assess compliance. Positions for bachelor graduates are numerous, including: environmental regulation and compliance; ecological risk assessment; remediation and reclamation of contaminated lands; wetland delineation and permitting; air and water quality monitoring; analysis of soil and sediment samples; endangered species management; wildlife and plant surveying; environmental planning for transportation and development projects; mapping vegetation and natural resources; environmental laboratory chemist; wastewater and solid waste management; evaluating public health risks; emissions monitoring; mold remediation; asbestos project manager; lead monitoring; storm water management; Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments at industrial, commercial, community, and residential sites; subsurface site characterization, including drilling, soil classification, coring and well installations; power facility environmental manager; pesticides monitoring in farming, hazardous and chemical waste disposal and management; brownfield projects; noise evaluation; GIS specialist, environmental research assistant; and more.

Bachelor graduates also pursue advanced degrees in environmental or related sciences. A master's degree is preferred/required for higher-level, specialization, research, client consultation, and technical positions. Doctoral (Ph.D.) graduates assume university faculty positions, teaching and directing research; direct research in government and other organizations; and work in technical leadership and management positions.

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Agricultural Scientist Ecologis Forest Ranger
Agricultural Technician Engineering Technician Forester
Air/Water Quality Manager Environmental Analyst Fundraiser
Air Pollution Analyst Environmental Consultant Geographer
Architect Enviornmental Educator Geologist
Biochemist Environmental Engeer Geophysicist
Biologist Environmental Engineering Hazardous Waste Manager
Biomedical Engineer Environmental Health Spec. Hydrologist
Biotechnologist Environmental Lawyer Industrial Hygienist
Chemical Technician Environmenal Lobbyist Journalist, Author
Chemist Environmental Nurse Management Consultant
City Planner Environmental Physician Meterologist
Civil Engineer Environmental Planner Microbiologist
Conservation Agent Environmental Scientist Natural Resource Spec.
Conservation Analyst EPA Inspector Conservationist
Consumer EPA Statistician Occupational Safety Spec.
Earth Scientist Fisheries Conservationist Ocean Technician
Oceanographer Pharmacy Technician Range Manager
Outdoor Trip Leader Project Manager Resource Economist
Park Ranger Public Health Veterinarian Seismologist
Soil Conservation Tech. Urban & Regional Planner Wildlife Manager
Teacher Photographer Zoologist


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Summarize research findings Attention to details Analyze data
Perceive patterns & structures Applying logic to problems Evaluate data and results
Apply concepts Utilizing formulas Gather information
Apply knowledge creatively Define problems Assess risks
Use laboratory equipment Precision and accuracy Computer literacy
Technical writing Organize and report data Inform and explain
Written & Oral Reporting    


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