Environmental Research Analyst

Occupation Information table
Overview: Environmental analysts conduct research to develop methods to measure, control or eliminate pollutants. They develop research models using mathematical, statistical and scientific concepts to identify and analyze sources of pollution. Recommend maximum limits for pollution control.
Duties: Conduct research and studies to identify sources of air, water & soil pollution from factories, farms, cities or transportation systems such as oceangoing ships, automobiles, trucks, etc.

Identify methods to trace & measure pollutants such as aerial photography, measurement devices and dyes in water. Identify geographic patterns of how pollution infiltrates the environment.

Work with biologists, research physicians & life scientists to determine the impact of pollution on the health of humans, plants and animals. They identify maximum tolerable limits of pollution.

Advise government agencies, industry and health agencies of the health hazards being created by specific sources of pollution. Recommend changes in waste treatment & manufacturing processes.

Degree(s): A.S. Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: The usual preparation for an environmental research position is a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences and additional courses in earth and marine sciences, natural resource management, ecology and environmental engineering. A master's degree will strengthen your credentials and increase your chances for promotion to management positions.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.