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The work environment for environmental scientists varies: some days they may work indoors in comfortable, clean laboratories, running tests and analyzing data; other days, they may be outside at an industrial site or in a rural area, collecting air, soil, or water samples. Scientists are detail oriented and follow strict procedures and precautions to prevent possible exposure to hazardous conditions. They may need to travel to conduct their studies as well as to attend conferences and seminars. They usually work 40 or more hours per week, depending on the projects and deadlines.

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