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WATER QUALITY SCIENTIST: What You Learn In School Isn't All There Is

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Kevin, a water quality scientist and consultant, spends his typical day designing water quality studies and helping his clients write up water quality permit applications. He works with business and local, state, federal governments and makes sure that his clients are obeying water quality laws.

Degree: Microbiology
Job Title: Water Quality Scientist

Job Summary: Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Job Description

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Technical skills

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m='13910'>That</span> <span m='14030'>entails</span> <span m='14380'>making</span> <span m='14620'>sure</span> <span m='14770'>that</span> <span m='14870'>my</span> <span m='14980'>clients</span> <span m='15490'>are</span> <span m='16490'>obeying</span> <span m='16880'>the</span> <span m='16970'>laws</span> <span m='17350'>as it relates</span> <span m='17710'>to</span> <span m='17800'>water</span> <span m='18060'>quality.</span> </p><p><span m='19330'>My</span> <span m='19450'>clients</span> <span m='19725'>are</span> <span m='20000'>from</span> <span m='21120'>all</span> <span m='21340'>walks</span> <span m='21650'>of</span> <span m='21740'>life.</span> <span m='22210'>Private</span> <span m='22750'>businesses,</span> <span m='23760'>local</span> <span m='24080'>governments,</span> <span m='25270'>state</span> <span m='25550'>governments,</span> <span m='26010'>federal</span> <span m='26280'>government,</span> <span m='27100'>agencies</span> <span m='27550'>that</span> <span m='27710'>have</span> <span m='27800'>to</span> <span m='27880'>deal</span> <span m='28030'>with</span> <span m='28290'>water</span> <span m='28500'>quality</span> <span m='28840'>permitting.</span> <span m='30000'>That's</span> <span m='30200'>what</span> <span m='30380'>I</span> <span m='31260'>mainly</span> <span m='31670'>do</span> <span m='31950'>is</span> <span m='32110'>help</span> <span m='32740'>my</span> <span m='32800'>client's</span> <span m='33360'>write</span> <span m='33580'>up</span> <span m='33710'>water</span> <span m='34000'>quality</span> <span m='35500'>permit</span> <span m='35810'>applications</span> <span m='36490'>to</span> <span m='36580'>the</span> <span m='36690'>state</span> <span m='36990'>water</span> <span m='37170'>resources</span> <span m='37710'>control</span> <span m='38020'>board.</span> </p><p><span m='39090'>My</span> <span m='39230'>career</span> <span m='39480'>path</span> <span m='39650'>was</span> <span m='39810'>actually</span> <span m='40080'>a</span> <span m='40140'>little</span> <span m='40450'>circuitous.</span> <span m='41710'>I</span> <span m='41820'>started</span> <span m='42800'>as</span> <span m='43100'>a</span> <span m='43180'>microbiology</span> <span m='44250'>major</span> <span m='44740'>in</span> <span m='44950'>college.</span> <span m='46390'>I</span> <span m='46800'>did</span> <span m='46960'>some</span> <span m='47180'>biotech</span> <span m='47710'>work</span> <span m='47930'>for</span> <span m='48020'>a</span> <span m='48050'>while.</span> <span m='48530'>It</span> <span m='48710'>wasnt</span> <span m='48900'>really</span> <span m='49160'>my</span> <span m='49310'>cup</span> <span m='49520'>of</span> <span m='49640'>tea.</span> <span m='49910'>So, I</span> <span m='50080'>decided</span> <span m='50380'>to</span> <span m='50420'>go</span> <span m='50490'>back</span> <span m='50670'>to</span> <span m='50750'>school</span> <span m='51170'>to</span> <span m='51290'>do</span> <span 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