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Environmental Scientists, Including Health

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
Summary Job Description Tasks
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Conduct environmental audits and inspections, and investigations of violations.
Evaluate violations or problems discovered during inspections to determine appropriate regulatory actions or to provide advice on the development and prosecution of regulatory cases.
Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements.
Provide advice on proper standards and regulations or the development of policies, strategies, and codes of practice for environmental management.
Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance, and to interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.
Determine data collection methods to be employed in research projects and surveys.
Prepare charts or graphs from data samples, providing summary information on the environmental relevance of the data.
Develop the technical portions of legal documents, administrative orders, or consent decrees.
Investigate and report on accidents affecting the environment.
Monitor environmental impacts of development activities.
Develop programs designed to obtain the most productive, non-damaging use of land.
Research sources of pollution to determine their effects on the environment and to develop theories or methods of pollution abatement or control.
Monitor effects of pollution and land degradation, and recommend means of prevention or control.
Design and direct studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects.
Develop methods to minimize the impact of production processes on the environment, based on the study and assessment of industrial production, environmental legislation, and physical, biological, and social environments.
Plan and develop research models, using knowledge of mathematical and statistical concepts.
Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage, and report environmental data, such as pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring measurements, meteorological and mineralogical information, and soil or water samples.
Communicate scientific and technical information to the public, organizations, or internal audiences through oral briefings, written documents, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings.
Provide scientific and technical guidance, support, coordination, and oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public.
Process and review environmental permits, licenses, and related materials.
Supervise or train students, environmental technologists, technicians, or other related staff.
Conduct applied research on environmental topics, such as waste control and treatment and pollution abatement methods.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ADMS pollution modeling software Analytical or scientific software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley MicroStation Computer aided design CAD software
C++ Object or component oriented development software
CAP88-PC software Analytical or scientific software
CERC EMIT Analytical or scientific software
Chemical management tracking software Data base user interface and query software
Chemicals and Irrigation CANDI software Analytical or scientific software
Compass software Analytical or scientific software
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite Graphics or photo imaging software
DQO ELIPGRID-PC Analytical or scientific software
DataPipe software Data base user interface and query software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
ESRI ArcInfo Map creation software
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
EarthSoft EQuIS Geology Data base user interface and query software
EarthWon software Data base user interface and query software
Ecotech WinAQMS Compliance software
Ecotech WinCollect Analytical or scientific software
Emissions tracking software Compliance software
FacTS software Data base user interface and query software
Geographic information system GIS software Map creation software
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
Golden Software Surfer Map creation software
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
Hotspot Analytical or scientific software
Laboratory information management system LIMS software Analytical or scientific software
Lakes Environmental EcoRisk View Analytical or scientific software
Lakes Environmental Emissions View Data base user interface and query software
Lakes Environmental ISC-AERMOD View Analytical or scientific software
Lakes Environmental SLAB View Analytical or scientific software
Link Microtek software Analytical or scientific software
MIRS Compliance Compliance software
Mapping software Map creation software
Material safety data sheet MSDS software Compliance software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Project Project management software
Microsoft Visual Basic Development environment software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Oracle software Data base user interface and query software
RSA RadCalc Analytical or scientific software
Rad Pro Calculator software Analytical or scientific software
RockWare ArcMap Map creation software
SPSS software Analytical or scientific software
Smart Data Solutions RS Solutions Data base user interface and query software
SoundPlan software Analytical or scientific software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
Structured query language SQL Data base user interface and query software
Sun Microsystems Java Object or component oriented development software
TANKS Analytical or scientific software
Tucows ChemBase Data base user interface and query software
Waters eLab Notebook Data base user interface and query software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Wolfel IMMI Analytical or scientific software
Aerosol spectrometers Spectrometers
Air quality dataloggers Air samplers or collectors
Air/soil temperature sensors Temperature transmitters
Airboats Recreational motorboats
All terrain vehicles ATV All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Ambient air quality monitoring systems Air samplers or collectors
Ammonia meters Single gas monitors
Analog survey meters Radiation detectors
Anemometers Anemometers
Atmospheric deposition collectors Air samplers or collectors
Automatic samplers Water samplers
Bailers Laboratory bailers
Bomb samplers Sample preparation bombs
Bottom dredge samplers Soil core sampling apparatus
Carbon monoxide meters Single gas monitors
Chlorine dioxide meters Multi gas monitors
Chlorine meters Single gas monitors
Closed pipe Doppler water flow meters Flow sensors
Coliform testing systems Water analyzers
Colorimetric devices Colorimeters
Combustible gas monitors Multi gas monitors
Comparator water test kits Water analyzers
Core samplers Soil core sampling apparatus
Dataloggers Portable data input terminals
Depth meters Logging instruments for water wells
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Digital survey meters Radiation detectors
Dosimeters Dosimeters
Drop count industrial water test kits Water analyzers
Electromagnetic field EMF meters Electromagnetic field meters
Evaporation gauge sensors Precipitation or evaporation recorders
Explosimeters Explosimeters
Fiberglass metering manholes Flowmeters
Field radiological measuring devices Radiation detectors
Fuel temperature sensors Temperature transmitters
Gas chromatographs GC Gas chromatographs
Gas spillage detectors Multi gas monitors
Geiger-Mueller meters Radiation detectors
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
Groundwater monitoring systems Water samplers
HNu photoionization detectors PID Ion analyzers
Hand held augers Soil core sampling apparatus
Heat stress monitors Heat stress monitors
Ionization chambers Ionization chambers
Lead air sampling kits Air samplers or collectors
Lead water sampling kits Water samplers
Liquid samplers Coliwasas
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
Manometers Manometers
Mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Mercury monitors Air samplers or collectors
Moisture meters Moisture meters
Multichannel analyzers Spectrometers
Multiparameter water quality instruments Water analyzers
Nephelometers Nephelometers
Noise dosimeters Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Oil water interface meters Oil content monitors analyzers
Ozone meters Ozone analyzers
Particulate samplers Air samplers or collectors
Personal computers Personal computers
Photoionization detectors PID Ion analyzers
Pocket personal computers PC Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Psychrometers Psychrometers
Radon monitors Radon detectors
Rain water samplers Water samplers
Scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
Scintillation probes Radiation detectors
Smoke generators Leak testing equipment
Soil analysis kits Soil testing kits
Soil gas sampling systems Soil testing kits
Soil probes Soil core sampling apparatus
Sound level meters Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Stormwater samplers Water samplers
Submersible water data loggers Logging instruments for water wells
Toxic mold test kits Toxicology test kits or supplies
Turbidimeters Turbidimeters
Viscosity meters Viscosimeters
Water quality testing photometers Photometers
Water velocity flow meters Open stream current meters
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Analyst
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Researcher
Coastal Planner
Compliance Control Chemist
Compliance Coordinator
Ecological Modeler
Ecological Risk Assessor
Emissions Evaluator
Environmental Affairs Specialist
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Consultant
Environmental Designer
Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
Environmental Manager
Environmental Protection Specialist
Environmental Safety Specialist
Environmental Scientist
Environmental Specialist
Environmental Systems Coordinator
Hazardous Substances Scientist
Health Environmentalist
Human Health Risk Assessor
Marine Scientist
Pollution Control Chemist
Radiation Safety Specialist
Regulatory Analyst
Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Research Environmental Scientist
Water Pollution Scientist
Water Pollution Specialist
Water Quality Analyst
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Scientist
Benchmark Title: Environmental Scientists, Including Health
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