1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2114-11 Environmental Research Scientist

Studies and develops policies and plans for the control of factors which may produce pollution, imbalance or degradation of the environment.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • studies the effects on animal and plant life of such factors as terrain, altitude, climatic conditions, sources of nutrition, and predators
  • investigates the structure of communities of organisms and predicts the effects of disturbances by human or environmental changes
  • plans and conducts field trips to study animals and plants in their natural environments and to collect specimens for laboratory study
  • studies and analyses pollution, atmospheric conditions, demographic characteristics, ecology, mineral, soil and water samples
  • prepares graphs, charts and statistics from data, analyses data and correlates them with the work of other scientists, evaluates data and prepares reports of conclusions
  • develops and tests models of the environment using knowledge of ecology, mathematics, statistics and physical sciences
  • develops conservation or harvesting policies for management of biological resources such as fish populations and forests
  • assesses pollution problems, establishes standards and develops approaches for the control of pollution and the rehabilitation of areas disturbed by activities such as mining, timber felling or overgrazing
  • may prepare environmental impact studies of activities such as mining, building and housing

Specialisations:
Air Pollution Analyst
Ecologist
Land Degradation Analyst
Water Quality Analyst

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