Environmental Restoration Planners


Environmental Restoration Planners


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...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Three or more years experience





Personality Traits



Salaries specific to environmental restoration planners are not included in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. The BLS does show, however, that in May 2018, environmental scientists and specialists (a category that includes environmental restoration planners) had median annual incomes of $71,130, with the lowest paid 10 percent earning less than $42,520 and the top paid 10 perce...

Work Environment

Environmental restoration planners work 40 or more hours per week. The work week varies depending on the complexity of the projects they are assigned. When deadlines are approaching, they may have to work in the evenings or weekends to accomplish project goals. They work in laboratories and business offices. They also spend time in the field, sometimes outdoors and sometimes in manufacturing fa...


An industry study in 2015 (the most recent year for which data is available), titled "Estimating the Size and Impact of the Ecological Restoration Economy," reported that the ecological restoration sector generates $9.5 billion in sales and is growing. According to the study, there are many long-established companies that are seeking out restoration work to expand their businesses and this is e...

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