Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
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
Water level recorders
Ultraviolet water purification systems
Ultraviolet UV light detectors
Trace metal analyzersAll Tools
Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
Thermal/catalytic oxidizers TCO
Thermal conductivity detectors
Surface area analyzers
Supercritical fluid extractors
Solid shear failure testing devices
Soil-erodability testing devices
Soil modulus failure testing devices
Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers
Organic carbon analyzers
Nitrogen oxide burners
Multiparameter water quality instruments
Multi gas detector tubes
Mud rotary drills
Microwave digestion instruments
Microbics toxicity analyzers
Liquid scintillation counters
Liquid ring pumps
Liquid chromatography detectors
Limnological coring drills
Limnological core loggers
Individual burner air measurement IBAM probes
Hydrological current meters
Glove box systems
Global positioning system GPS receivers
Gas chromatographs GC
Flame ionization detectors FID
Flame emission detectors
Environmental probe systems
Electron capture detectors ECD
Dissolved oxygen meters
Direct shear testing devices
Core drill rigs
Combustible gas meters
Charge-coupled device CCD cameras
Capillary electrophoresis systems
California bearing ratio CBR testing devices
Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers
Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
Argon ionization detectors
Anaerobic growth chambers
Ambient air measurement devices
Air velocity meters
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Computer aided design CAD software
ESRI ArcGIS software
Air dispersion modeling softwareAll Technologies
Continuous emission management software
DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE
Ecological risk assessment software
Environmental health and safety documentation software
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
Material safety data sheet MSDS software
Oil mapping software
Regulatory compliance management software
Rockwell Automation Arena
Simultaneous location and mapping SLAM
Site remediation management software
Stormwater runoff modeling software
Waste management software
Water flow modeling software
Wind flow modeling software
XP Software XPSWMM
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
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