Environmental Engineers

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Environmental Service Systems

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Common job titles of Environmental Engineers include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 48.15% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 40.74% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Provide assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.

    Design, or supervise the design of, systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.

    Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.

    Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.

    Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, or performing other general administrative duties.

    Inspect industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

    Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.

    Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.

    Obtain, update, or maintain plans, permits, or standard operating procedures.

    Prepare, review, or update environmental investigation or recommendation reports.

    Prepare, maintain, or revise quality assurance documentation or procedures.

    Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.

    Prepare or present public briefings on the status of environmental engineering projects.

    Direct installation or operation of environmental monitoring devices or supervise related data collection programs.

    Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, or planning or reviewing database development.

    Request bids from suppliers or consultants.

    Develop or present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.

    Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.

    Coordinate or manage environmental protection programs or projects, assigning or evaluating work.

    Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.

    Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.

    Inform company employees or other interested parties of environmental issues.

    Advise industries or government agencies about environmental policies and standards.

    Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.

    Develop proposed project objectives and targets and report to management on progress in attaining them.

    Write reports or articles for Web sites or newsletters related to environmental engineering issues.

    Assess, sort, characterize, or pack known or unknown materials.

    Develop, implement, or manage plans or programs related to conservation or management of natural resources.


Whole air canisters

Wave gauges

Water level recorders

Universal fractionators

Ultraviolet water purification systems

Ultraviolet UV light detectors

Trace metal analyzers

All Tools

Total organic carbon TOC analyzers


Thermal/catalytic oxidizers TCO

Thermal conductivity detectors

Surface area analyzers

Supercritical fluid extractors

Stormwater samplers

Stem augers


Sorbent tubes

Solid shear failure testing devices

Soil-erodability testing devices

Soil modulus failure testing devices

Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices

Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers



Scanning potentiostats

Sampling trains

Sampling pumps

Sample concentrators


Plasma-mass spectrometers

Pitot tubes


pH meters

Particulate filters

Particle counters


Organic carbon analyzers

Nutrient analyzers

Notebook computers

Nitrogen oxide burners

Multiparameter water quality instruments

Multi gas detector tubes

Mud rotary drills

Microwave digestion instruments

Microbics toxicity analyzers

Mercury/hybrid atomizers

Mass spectrometers


Liquid scintillation counters

Liquid ring pumps

Liquid chromatography detectors

Limnological coring drills

Limnological core loggers

Laser photometers

Laboratory ovens

Ion chromatographs

Interferometeric refractormeters

Individual burner air measurement IBAM probes


Hydrological current meters

Headspace autosamplers

Graphite furnaces

Glove box systems

Global positioning system GPS receivers


Gas meters

Gas chromatographs GC

Fume hoods

Freeze dryers

Fluorescence spectrophotometers

Fluorescence detectors

Flow meters

Flame ionization detectors FID

Flame emission detectors

Epifluorescence microscopes

Environmental probe systems

Electron capture detectors ECD

Electric pumps

Dissolved oxygen meters

Direct shear testing devices

Desktop computers

Core drill rigs


Conductivity meters

Combustible gas meters



Charge-coupled device CCD cameras


Capillary electrophoresis systems

California bearing ratio CBR testing devices

Biological oxidizers


Automatic titrators


Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers

Atomic absorption AA spectrometers

Argon ionization detectors

Anaerobic growth chambers

Ambient air measurement devices

Air velocity meters

Air incubators


Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Bentley MicroStation

Computer aided design CAD software

ESRI ArcGIS software



Air dispersion modeling software

All Technologies


Continuous emission management software

DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE

Ecological risk assessment software

Environmental health and safety documentation software

ESRI ArcView

Finite element method FEM software

Formula translation/translator FORTRAN

Fugitive emission leak detection software

Gas dispersion model software

Geomechanical design analysis GDA software

Greenhouse gas management software

Hazardous materials management HMS software


Hydrologic simulation program fortan HSPF software

Image analysis software

Insightful S-PLUS


Maplesoft Maple

Material safety data sheet MSDS software

Oil mapping software

Photogrammetric software

Regulatory compliance management software


Rockwell Automation Arena

Simulation software

Simultaneous location and mapping SLAM

Site remediation management software

Stormwater runoff modeling software

WAM software

Waste management software

Water flow modeling software

Wind flow modeling software

XP Software XPSWMM


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Using mathematics to solve problems.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

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).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning

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