Environmental Scientist: What do they Do?

Environmental Scientist: What do they Do?

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Concerns over the future of our planet are now more prominent than ever, with conservation being the objective of many worldwide organisations. The role of an environmental scientist is diverse and can cover a multitude of subjects from natural land resources to forestry and sustainability. Environmental science is defined by biology online as, “the branch of science that deals with the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment and their effects on organisms.”

We have taken a look at some of the more everyday issues that may indirectly affect the way in which you live your life and the interesting ways in which environmental scientists work to ensure the future prosperity of our beautiful planet.

Conservation and Environment Analysis

Land Resources

The management and conservation of habitats is crucial to the sustainability of manageable living conditions. Environmental scientist work tirelessly assessing current habitats and researching into effective ways to maintain the habitats. Intervention programmes are also compiled by skilled environmental scientists and have been implemented on sites across the globe, from the Amazon Rainforest to The Great Barrier Reef. The value of areas such as this are not just held in aesthetics, but in the role they play in maintaining a healthy and diverse environment.


Pollution has become a crippling problem all over the world, with treaties now in place between some of the world’s biggest nations to implement strict rules regarding the reduction of greenhouse gasses in their respective countries. Environmental science has had a huge impact on the way in which people view the atmosphere and how our actions impact climate change and inevitably the way in which we live. Pollution control remains a priority for environmental science departments and discovering new ways to power the modern world without having such a negative effect on our atmosphere.

Forestry and Sustainability

Environmental change and the constant demand for economic expansion has led to the deforestation of large areas of rainforest. Managing forests as a vital resource is an incredibly important role for an environmental scientist to take. Looking at the impacts on indigenous species and incorporating the safety of their preservation while also dealing with political agendas can be extremely challenging.

Environmental scientists in many ways are modern day superheroes and the work they do will have some impact on everyone. If you would like to learn more about this subject, NCC offer an Environmental Science Diploma.

Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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