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Qualifying as a water quality scientist

A brief overview of the qualifications that may be required to begin a career as a water quality scientist.


  1. This area of work is technically open to all graduates, but those with a science degree may be preferred by employers. A degree such as chemistry, environmental science, biology, geochemistry or geology may increase your chances.
  2. Postgraduate qualifications are not technically required but may be an advantage if your first degree is less relevant. A small number of courses are accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Courses with placements or strong ties to water quality industry are generally preferred.
  3. A driving licence is usually required.

Work experience

If you are doing a postgraduate qualification, it may be possible to get experience as part of this.

Work experience which involves some lab work may be an advantage as lab experience is often a requirement in job descriptions.

Organisations such as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, The Wildlife Trust and the National Trust offer voluntary work in related fields.

Student membership of related professional bodies can show dedication and increase your chances of impressing at interview. This is also a good way to build up a network of contacts.

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