Environmental science is an interdisciplinary degree formed from a combination of courses in the natural and life sciences. Environmental scientists use their knowledge of physical and life sciences to protect, conserve and manage natural resources and the environment and assess health risks found in the environment. Environmental scientists are employed in both the public (federal, state and municipal government agencies) and private sectors (non-profits and environmental consulting firms) to manage resources, protect the environment and minimize human health hazards.
Most jobs for environmental scientists involve a combination of office, lab and field work. Specific job duties may include: collecting and analyzing data for reports and surveys; developing land management plans; collecting soil, water or plant samples for chemical analysis; developing plans for restoring polluted air, water or land or plans to prevent pollution; giving presentations that guide natural resource managers, government officials, businesses, or the public at large; assessing health threats found in the environment.