Occupational Outlook + Average Salary

Employment for environmental scientists is expected to grow much faster than the average compared to all other occupations for the 2008-2018 decade. Employment for environmental scientists is projected to increase by 28%. Job growth should be strongest in private sector consulting firms. Driving the growth is the increasing demand placed on the environment by population growth and increasing awareness of the problems caused by environmental degradation. Also spurring employment is the need for organizations to comply with an increasing number of environmental laws and regulations, particularly with groundwater contamination and clean air. (2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Salaries earned by environmental scientists are dependent on degree level. According to the most recent data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salaries for environmental scientists and specialists were $59,750.

According to the May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for Indiana, average salaries for environmental scientists were as follows: