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Employment for environmental specialists is expected to grow by 19 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, or about as fast as the average for all careers. Scientists will find many opportunities particularly in private-sector consulting firms. Additionally, growth in the world's population is causing greater demand for environmental and water resources, which is spurring increased demand for environmental scientists. Stricter environmental laws—particularly in relation to clean air and clean water—means that business owners and environmental protection agencies will need scientists to make sure operations and procedures are in compliance. An increase in environmental remediation and solution work (particularly focusing on minimizing waste, recovering resources, and preventing and controlling pollution) is also causing job growth for environmental scientists. They will be needed to collect and analyze data, and make recommendations for effective ways to improve environmental health.