Environmental Science

Environmental scientists explore nature’s systems and how humans influence those systems. They may be involved in a variety of areas, such as soil conservation, water quality and treatment, agriculture, plant pathology, ecology, environmental engineering, biology and more, or in related fields like environmental management and administration, or public relations and communications. Technicians may perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist.

Environmental Science

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Jackson College offers associate degree and certificate programs in environmental science. An associate degree will prepare students for technician positions in a variety of areas, such as forestry technician, agricultural technician and conservation technician. Further study through transfer to a university is recommended for students hoping to become environmental scientists.


Wages for environmental scientists and specialists start at $39,700, with median wages of $63,800.

Career Outlook

Employment for environmental scientists is expected to grow 15 percent in coming years. Employment for environmental science technicians is expected to grow 19 percent.