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Become A Project Scientist

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Working As A Project Scientist

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $66,054

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Scientist Do

A Project Scientist is responsible for conducting tests and evaluations of existing products and reporting the findings. The industries they may work in include textiles technology, polymer technology, chemical sciences, and chemical engineering.

How To Become A Project Scientist

For most jobs, environmental scientists and specialists need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science.

Education

For most entry-level jobs, environmental scientists and specialists must have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a science-related field, such as biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, or engineering. However, a master’s degree may be needed for advancement. Environmental scientists and specialists who have a doctoral degree make up a small percentage of the occupation, and this level of training is typically needed only for the relatively few postsecondary teaching and basic research positions.

A bachelor’s degree in environmental science offers a broad approach to the natural sciences. Students typically take courses in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Students often take specialized courses in hydrology or waste management as part of their degree as well. Classes in environmental policy and regulation are also beneficial. Students who want to reach the Ph.D. level and have a career in academia or as an environmental scientist doing basic research may find it advantageous to major in a more specific natural science such as chemistry, biology, physics, or geology, rather than a broader environmental science degree.

Students should look for classes and internships that include work in computer modeling, data analysis, and geographic information systems. Students with experience in these programs will be the best prepared to enter the job market. The University Consortium of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) offers several programs to help students broaden their understanding of environmental sciences.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Environmental scientists and specialists base their conclusions on careful analysis of scientific data. They must consider all possible methods and solutions in their analyses.

Communication skills. Environmental scientists and specialists may need to present and explain their findings to audiences of varying backgrounds and to write technical reports.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental scientists and specialists typically work on teams with scientists, engineers, and technicians. Team members must be able to work together effectively to achieve their goals.

Problem-solving skills. Environmental scientists and specialists try to find the best possible solution to problems that affect the environment and people’s health.

Self-discipline. Environmental scientists and specialists may spend a lot of time working alone. They need to be able to stay motivated and get their work done without supervision.

Advancement

Environmental scientists and specialists often begin their careers as field analysts, research assistants, or technicians in laboratories and offices. As they gain experience, they earn more responsibilities and autonomy, and may supervise the work of technicians or other scientists. Eventually, they may be promoted to project leader, program manager, or other management or research position.

Other environmental scientists and specialists go on to work as researchers or faculty at colleges and universities.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Environmental scientists and specialists can become Certified Hazardous Materials Managers through the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. This certification, which must be renewed every 5 years, shows that an environmental scientist or specialist is staying current with developments relevant to this occupation’s work.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some environmental scientists and specialists begin their careers as scientists in related occupations, such as hydrology or engineering, and then move into the more interdisciplinary field of environmental science.

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Project Scientist Career Paths

Project Scientist
Senior Environmental Scientist Senior Project Manager Business Developer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Associate Director Program Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Scientist Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Environmental Manager Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Geologist Environmental Consultant Environmental Manager
Environmental Compliance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Geologist Environmental Scientist
Environmental Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Environmental Manager Safety Manager Operations Director
Executive Director Of Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Scientist Principal Scientist Associate Director
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Scientist Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Environmental Scientist Environmental Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Environmental Project Manager Environmental Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Engineer Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operations Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Project Scientist Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    60.9%
  • Female

    32.2%
  • Unknown

    6.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    73.7%
  • Asian

    17.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    6.8%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    35.1%
  • Chinese

    13.5%
  • German

    13.5%
  • Japanese

    8.1%
  • Dakota

    5.4%
  • Danish

    2.7%
  • Turkish

    2.7%
  • French

    2.7%
  • Mandarin

    2.7%
  • Carrier

    2.7%
  • Hindi

    2.7%
  • Polish

    2.7%
  • Arabic

    2.7%
  • Korean

    2.7%
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Real Project Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Scientist Intellectual Ventures Property Holdings LLC Bellevue, WA Sep 09, 2016 $132,142
Visiting Project Scientist University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Jan 10, 2016 $119,815
Materials Project Scientist Engineer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jan 10, 2016 $118,416
Materials Project Scientist/Engineer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Oct 01, 2015 $114,852
Materials Project Scientist/Engineer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Apr 13, 2015 $114,852
Project Scientist Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Feb 28, 2016 $110,011
Project Scientist Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Feb 05, 2016 $110,000
Project Scientist Stanford University Menlo Park, CA Jan 02, 2016 $110,000
Physicist Project Scientist Engineer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jan 10, 2016 $108,336
Project Scientist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2016 $105,000 -
$125,000
Geological Project Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Oct 01, 2015 $105,000
Geological Project Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jul 01, 2015 $100,164
Project Scientist Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jul 06, 2015 $90,000
Project Scientist Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Dec 13, 2016 $89,324
Lead Environmental Project Task Scientist Ecology and Environment, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 16, 2015 $89,232
Project Scientist Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Jan 15, 2016 $88,150
Project Scientist SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Feb 10, 2015 $86,652
Biological Engineer Project Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Aug 02, 2016 $85,200
Project Scientist SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Aug 17, 2015 $85,000
Project Scientist I University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Princeton, NJ Oct 28, 2015 $77,800
Project Scientist I University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Princeton, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $77,800
Assistnat Project Scientist University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Mar 01, 2015 $77,200
Project Scientist Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $75,005
Geological Project Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA Jun 20, 2016 $74,631
Project Scientist SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Jan 07, 2015 $74,520
Project Scientist SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park, CA Jul 01, 2015 $74,520

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Top Skills for A Project Scientist

GroundwaterInvestigationsRegulatoryComplianceLabSafetyPlansRegulatoryAgenciesEPAOversightPhaseIIEsasProjectManagementWetlandDelineationsAsbestosResourceFacilityEmergencyTechnicalReportsGISDataAnalysisAirQualityUSTTechnicalSupport

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Top Project Scientist Skills

  1. Groundwater Investigations
  2. Regulatory Compliance
  3. Lab
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in field activities and remediation projects by performing soil and groundwater investigations.
  • Worked directly with state and federal regulators in determining client environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance.
  • Designed and implemented a virtual machine within the instrument to support laboratory activities.
  • Generated quality assurance sampling plans, health & safety plans, and project status reports.
  • Acted as liaison to state and federal regulatory agencies, and performed regulatory interpretation and application to facility processes.

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