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Environmental Scientist

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€25k > 38 
Environmental Chemist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 38 
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Morgan McKinley

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Studies the effects of human activities on the environment by conducting tests and analysing data.


The Work header image

While the environment is a term that covers a wide range of activities, there are two main areas, environmental science and environmental engineering. Environmental science is concerned with scientific aspects relating to the environment and deals with subjects such as chemistry and biology. Environmental engineering, on the other hand, deals with technological aspects and in particular the design and use of equipment to control and monitor the quality of our environment.  
 
Environmental scientists may have long-term responsibility for a conservation area. Conservation bodies employ Environmental Scientists to manage nature reserves, ranging from ancient woodlands to gravel pits. Environmental Scientists also identify new areas in need of protection.  
 
In the laboratory, scientists may analyse water pollution caused by industry and agriculture. They test water samples to find the type, concentration and source of the pollution.  
 
Fieldwork makes up a large part of an environmental scientists job, so they have to work outdoors in any weather.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Provide scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public.

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Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements.

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Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage, and report environmental data, such as pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring measurements, meteorological or mineralogical information, or soil or water samples.

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Communicate scientific or technical information to the public, organizations, or internal audiences through oral briefings, written documents, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings.

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Provide advice on proper standards and regulations or the development of policies, strategies, or codes of practice for environmental management.

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Prepare charts or graphs from data samples, providing summary information on the environmental relevance of the data.

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Conduct environmental audits or inspections or investigations of violations.

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Monitor effects of pollution or land degradation and recommend means of prevention or control.

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Design or direct studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects.

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Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance and to interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should be efficient, well organised and capable of leading a team of conservation specialists or enthusiastic volunteers. You should also be able to plan ahead and make the best use of resources. You need to be fit, active and prepared to join in with practical work when required.


Entry Routesheader image

New entrants to this area typically have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant subject, such as Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental BioBioscience.

A number of Institutes of Technology throughout the country offer suitable courses at level 7 / 8 including CIT, DIT, Dundalk IT, GMIT, IT Carlow, IT Sligo, Limerick IT, Tralee IT among others, as well as  the Universities.
 
It is increasingly common to have a postgraduate qualification

Last Updated: November, 2014


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
  Address: Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 808 2002
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Smart Futures
  Address: Discover Science & Engineering, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin, 2
  Tel: (01) 607 3171
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 607 2000 Lo Call 1890 200 510
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  Address: PO Box 3000 Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford
  Tel: 053-916 0600
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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