Job Profile:      Air Analyst

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Job Information
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Select Tasks
Evaluate violations or problems discovered during inspections to determine appropriate regulatory actions or to provide advice on the development and prosecution of regulatory cases. Review and implement environmental technical standards, guidelines, policies, and formal regulations that meet all appropriate requirements. Provide advice on proper standards and regulations or the development of policies, strategies, or codes of practice for environmental management.
Analyze data to determine validity, quality, and scientific significance and to interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects. Determine data collection methods to be employed in research projects or surveys. Prepare charts or graphs from data samples, providing summary information on the environmental relevance of the data.
Develop the technical portions of legal documents, administrative orders, or consent decrees. Investigate and report on accidents affecting the environment. Monitor environmental impacts of development activities.
Develop programs designed to obtain the most productive, non-damaging use of land. Research sources of pollution to determine their effects on the environment and to develop theories or methods of pollution abatement or control. Monitor effects of pollution or land degradation and recommend means of prevention or control.
Design or direct studies to obtain technical environmental information about planned projects. Develop methods to minimize the impact of production processes on the environment, based on the study and assessment of industrial production, environmental legislation, and physical, biological, and social environments. Plan or develop research models, using knowledge of mathematical and statistical concepts.
Collect, synthesize, analyze, manage, and report environmental data, such as pollution emission measurements, atmospheric monitoring measurements, meteorological or mineralogical information, or soil or water samples. Communicate scientific or technical information to the public, organizations, or internal audiences through oral briefings, written documents, workshops, conferences, training sessions, or public hearings. Provide scientific or technical guidance, support, coordination, or oversight to governmental agencies, environmental programs, industry, or the public.
Process and review environmental permits, licenses, or related materials. Supervise or train students, environmental technologists, technicians, or other related staff. Conduct applied research on environmental topics, such as waste control or treatment or pollution abatement methods.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Air quality dataloggers Air/soil temperature sensors Airboats
All terrain vehicles ATV Ambient air quality monitoring systems Ammonia meters
Analog survey meters Anemometers Atmospheric deposition collectors
Automatic samplers Bailers Bomb samplers
Bottom dredge samplers Carbon monoxide meters Chlorine dioxide meters
Chlorine meters Closed pipe Doppler water flow meters Coliform testing systems
Colorimeters Combustible gas monitors Comparator water test kits
Core samplers Dataloggers Depth meters
Desktop computers Digital cameras Digital survey meters
Dosimeters Drop count industrial water test kits Electromagnetic field EMF meters
Evaporation gauge sensors Explosimeters Fiberglass metering manholes
Field radiological measuring devices Fuel temperature sensors Gas chromatographs GC
Gas spillage detectors Geiger-Mueller meters Global positioning system GPS receivers
Groundwater monitoring systems Hand held augers Heat stress monitors
HNu photoionization detectors PID Ionization chambers Lead air sampling kits
Lead water sampling kits Liquid samplers Mainframe computers
Manometers Mass spectrometers Mercury monitors
Moisture meters Multichannel analyzers Multiparameter water quality instruments
Nephelometers Noise dosimeters Notebook computers
Oil water interface meters Ozone meters Particulate samplers
Personal computers pH meters Photoionization detectors PID
Pocket personal computers PC Psychrometers Radon monitors
Rain water samplers Scintillation counters Scintillation probes
Smoke generators Soil analysis kits Soil gas sampling systems
Soil probes Sound level meters Spectrophotometers
Stormwater samplers Submersible water data loggers Toxic mold test kits
Turbidimeters Viscosity meters Water quality testing photometers
Water velocity flow meters

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