Occupational Employment Statistics


19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

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).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 17025$32.27/hr$22.86/hr$25.93/hr$29.98/hr$39.59/hr$45.48/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$42.47/hr
Professional and Business Services750$37.28/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/A$32.27/hr
Public Administration920$35.63/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 20$34.47/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$30.94/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$35.95/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$28.35/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$30.92/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$34.36/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$34.05/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$34.36/hr8.2%
Southwest Balance of State 60$31.02/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$33.12/hr13.6%
Southwest Minnesota 90$31.27/hr7.3%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$33.12/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 130$34.33/hr13.6%
Northwest Balance of State 160$29.83/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 170$29.98/hr7.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,370$37.90/hr16.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,400$37.70/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,800$36.18/hr13.7%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Soil and Plant Scientists 650$33.19/hr14.3%
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 230$38.63/hr12.7%
Natural Sciences Managers 1,390$59.58/hr10.9%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 450$44.38/hr7.4%

  • Identify or develop strategies or methods to minimize the environmental impact of industrial production processes.
  • Provide analytical support for policy briefs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, or climate change.
  • Review research literature to maintain knowledge on topics related to industrial ecology, such as physical science, technology, economy, and public policy.
  • Identify environmental impacts caused by products, systems, or projects.
  • Translate the theories of industrial ecology into eco-industrial practices.
  • Supervise and provide technical guidance, training, or assistance to employees working in the field to restore habitats.
  • Communicate findings of environmental studies or proposals for environmental remediation to other restoration professionals.
  • Create diagrams to communicate environmental remediation planning, using geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD), or other mapping or diagramming software.
  • Examine societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment.
  • Review research literature to maintain knowledge on topics related to industrial ecology, such as physical science, technology, economy, and public policy.