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Environmental Analyst

Study and analyze data connected to air, water, soil, and food.

What does an Environmental Analyst do?

An environmental analyst helps people, organizations, and governments understand the impact of human actions on the environment. Your primary goal is to inspect sites; collect, examine, and analyze samples; and suggest policies and regulations for cleaner and less dangerous interactions with the natural world. You could be asked to identify pollutants in a body of water, determine the impact a company has on its surroundings, or calculate the risk of an environmental disaster.

You collect and analyze samples, then use the results of your study to suggest modifications in existing policies or propose new regulations to solve environmental issues. Your time is usually divided between fieldwork and laboratory testing. Charts, tables, and reports help your clients better understand your findings and recommendations.

To obtain an entry-level post as an environmental analyst, you will usually need a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science, biology, or a related subject. Dexterity is one of the requirements of this job, as you handle a variety of equipment, instruments, and tools for research. Analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills are also necessary.