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What Does it Take to Be an Environmental Science Professor?

Job Description: Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A Day in the Life of an Environmental Science Professor

  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Supervise students' laboratory and field work.
  • Review papers or serve on editorial boards for scientific journals, and review grant proposals for various agencies.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Environmental Science Professor Needed Skills

When polled, Environmental Science Professors say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • College Professor
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  • Environmental Engineering Professor
  • Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences Professor
  • Geology Instructor

Job Opportunities for Environmental Science Professors

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 6,900 jobs in the United States for Environmental Science Professor. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 700 new jobs for Environmental Science Professor by 2026. The BLS estimates 600 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Environmental Science Professor are Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in South Carolina, Ohio, or New Hampshire. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of an Environmental Science Professor

The typical yearly salary for Environmental Science Professors is somewhere between $42,930 and $158,230.

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Environmental Science Professors who work in California, Ohio, or Iowa, make the highest salaries.

How much do Environmental Science Professors make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
California $135,840
Colorado $69,650
Connecticut $84,560
Florida $87,020
Illinois $90,820
Iowa $93,380
Maine $66,830
Maryland $79,550
Massachusetts $89,000
Minnesota $100,840
Missouri $91,520
Nevada $84,810
New Hampshire $85,380
New Jersey $103,650
New York $90,160
North Carolina $69,130
Ohio $102,570
Oklahoma $69,770
Oregon $89,180
Pennsylvania $93,850
Texas $88,330
Utah $90,680
Washington $93,820
West Virginia $79,080
Wisconsin $73,220

Tools & Technologies Used by Environmental Science Professors

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Environmental Science Professors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Google Docs
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Learning management system LMS
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Desire2Learn
  • Sakai CLE
  • Course management system software
  • DOC Cop
  • Collaborative editing software

Becoming an Environmental Science Professor

What education is needed to be an Environmental Science Professor?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where do Environmental Science Professors Work?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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Those who work as an Environmental Science Professor sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:

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Image Credit: Lynn Betts via Photo by Lynn Betts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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