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Environmental Professionals

Descriptions & Duties

  • Environmental Professionals study and assess the influences of human activities on the environment, such as air/ water/ noise pollution, soil contamination, climate change, toxic waste and depletion/ degradation of natural resources. They identify the problems and develop plans and solutions to protect, conserve, restore, minimise and prevent further damage to the environment. They also provide information and guidance to government officials, business sector, and the general public on possible environmental hazards and health risks.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Trade Specific Competencies

Mathematical skills

Environmental Professionals must have a sound understanding of mathematical concepts.

Data-analysis skills

Environmental Professionals analyse scientific data to reach their conclusions. They must consider all possible methods and solutions in their analysis.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Normally have a bachelor's degree or master's degree in environmental science or a science-related field, such as biology, chemistry, physics, geoscience, or engineering. A Ph.D. is necessary for university research positions.  Holders of relevant higher diplomas can articulate to related degree programmes.

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$90,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 16-21

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 27-44

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 45-49

Monthly Salary Directorate Pay Scale Point 1

Monthly Salary Directorate Pay Scale Point 2

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Environmental Professionals usually work in offices and laboratories. They may need to collect data in the field .


  • Air samplers or collectors
  • Anemometers
  • Colourimeters
  • Dosimeters
  • Ion analysers
  • Ionization chambers
  • Leak testing equipment - Smoke generators
  • Logging instruments for water wells - Depth meters; Submersible water data loggers
  • Manometers
  • Moisture meters
  • Ozone analysers - Ozone meters
  • PH meters
  • Photometers - Water quality testing photometers
  • Precipitation or evaporation recorders - Evaporation gauge sensors
  • Single gas monitors - Ammonia meters; Carbon monoxide meters; Chlorine meters
  • Soil core sampling apparatus - Bottom dredge samplers; Core samplers; Hand held augers; Soil probes
  • Soil testing kits - Soil analysis kits; Soil gas sampling systems
  • Water analysers - Coliform testing systems; Comparator water test kits; Drop count industrial water test kits; Multiparameter water quality instruments
  • Water samplers - Automatic samplers; Groundwater monitoring systems; Lead water sampling kits; Rain water samplers

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