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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 634645 1.714 4459
United States 89,50099,400 11.12,000 6,5009,490

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 37.4720.5826.01 34.3145.7459.98
Alaska 39.3225.6430.46 37.5646.4257.56
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 39.7525.5929.86 36.9546.9860.52
Fairbanks North Star Borough 39.2628.1931.81 38.7645.1854.26
Balance of State 38.5823.6531.35 37.6845.4651.56

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
72469 9.539.5 27.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation132
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation58
UI claimants previously working in occupation47
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 236
Number of job position postings 40
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.9

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 Public Health BS
Environmental Science MS
Sustainability Studies BA

Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher (8 Hours)
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety (16 Hours)
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety Refresher (8 Hours)

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), Optional H2S/FES Certificate

Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
NSTC 6 PACK + H2S Module Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Endorsement

LTR Training Systems, Inc.   (Anchorage)
Fall Protection - Basic/Authorized
Fall Protection -Tower Climbing & Rescue

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Energy Isolation - Lockout/Tag out/018
Lead Abatement Supervisor / 059
Lead Abatement Worker Initial / 069
Lead Inspector Refresher / 061
Lead Risk Assessor Refresher / 062
NSTC 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)
Applied Environmental Science & Technology MS
Environmental Quality Science MS

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Environmental Chemistry PHD
Environmental Quality Science MS

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

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Safety, Health & Environment Awareness Technician CT2

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Environmental Science BS
Environmental Studies BA
Marine Technology AAS
Marine Technology CT2

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

Wayland Baptist University   (Anchorage)
Environmental Studies BAS