Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

risk level
Based on 91 votes
by year 2032
or $36.77 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

31% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Persuasion

User poll

26% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 31% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health' job openings is expected to rise 4.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health' was $76,480, or $36 per hour

'Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health' were paid 65.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 77,270 people employed as 'Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health' within the United States.

This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health'.

Job description

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. 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.

SOC Code: 19-2041.00


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Michael P (No chance) says
Due to the varied nature of work and variety of conditions, full automation of these jobs won't be for 50+ years.

However, many individual tasks will be automated, changing how we work, and the role of humans.

Examples include data analysis and processing, research (think phase 1 lookups) and some work involving dangerous conditions such as confined spaces or unsound structures. Drones and robots are already used in some circumstances.

Scientists and specialists will become more knowledgeable in computer science, technology and robotics as they use it more frequently, and employers will value people with knowledge of these principles when hiring.
Nov 02, 2021 at 12:31 AM

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