Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health (19-2041)

Occupation description:  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. Excludes Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (19-1023), Conservation Scientists (19-1031), Forest and Conservation Technicians (19-4093), Fish and Game Wardens (33-3031), and Forest and Conservation Workers (45-4011).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 672680 1.21 2122
United States 94,600104,800 10.71,020 2,9103,930

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 36.2319.8225.07 33.1343.9757.85
Alaska 41.7125.1129.86 36.8645.9261.00
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 44.5325.7329.97 37.8748.2666.14
Fairbanks North Star Borough 35.0424.9228.71 34.2240.1447.32
Southeast Region 35.4925.4130.31 35.8442.2446.09
Balance of State 40.9525.6531.35 37.3748.5165.41

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
74567 9.036.8 27.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation130
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation66
UI claimants previously working in occupation30
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 199
Number of job position postings 53
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.8

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Alaska Pacific University   (Anchorage)
Environmental Science MS
Sustainability Studies BA

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety Refresher

Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
North Slope Training Cooperative

Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Hydrogen Sulfide - H2S
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Petroleum Workers Safety and Health - S05
Unescorted Module - NSTC01
Unescorted Module Update/Refresher - NSTC02

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Cook Inlet Training Standards & Industrial Safety (CITS) Certificate
North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC) Unescorted with/without H2S Certificate

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
NSTC 6 PACK Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Endorsement

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Lead Abatement Supervisor / 059
Lead Inspector Refresher / 061
Lead Risk Assessor Refresher / 062
NSTC 2014 ASH Update / 003
NSTC Confined Space Entry / 004
NSTC Energy Isolation / 005
NSTC Fall Protection / 006
NSTC Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Module/002
NSTC Respiratory Protection /007
NSTC Unescorted/001
PEC Premier Basic Orientation / 051
PEC Premier Core Compliance / 052

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Environment & Society Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Environmental Studies CT2

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Environmental Science Bac
Geography & Environ Studies Bac

University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
North Slope Training Consortium (NTSC)