Environmental Restoration Planners

Environmental Planner Collects Samples

Environmental restoration planners help make environments cleaner and more sustainable. This profession emerged from the environmental movement in the 1970s, when awareness was raised about the need to preserve and protect the environment and public health. Environmental restoration planners conduct lab and field tests on samples from environments, such as soil and water, to determine the types of pollution that are present and the methods needed to restore environments to comply with environmental laws. They may also issue fines to the owners of the properties or close the properties for environmental and health violations. They work for state and local government agencies and private consulting groups. According to the Department of Labor, there are approximately 84,250 environmental scientists and specialists, including environmental restoration planners, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Conduct lab and field tests of the environment to determine pollutants; discuss test results with clients and recommend remediation methods; oversee restoration of the affected property
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Three or more years experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director, or Consultant, or College Professor
  • Senior Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Coordinator or Associate Environmental Planner