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Environmental Engineer

Career data updated last on 10/8/2014
Environmental Engineer Using the principles of biology and chemistry, environmental engineers develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, offer analysis on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. They conduct research on proposed environmental projects, analyze scientific data, and perform quality control checks. Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. They study and attempt to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They also are involved in the protection of wildlife. Many environmental engineers work as consultants, helping their clients to comply with regulations and to clean up hazardous sites.
Salary $40.22/hour- $83,650 annually
Significant Points Environmental engineering graduates should have favorable job opportunities. Employment of environmental engineers is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2012.
Specializations
Work Environment Almost half worked in professional, scientific, and technical services and about 15,000 were employed in Federal, State, and local government agencies. Most of the rest worked in various manufacturing industries.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements A licensed environmental health specialist with a public health department must have a baccalaureate degree in environmental health or a related field (including 15 hours of biology or physical science), complete a supervised training and internship period of one to two years on the job at a health department and pass a licensure examination given by the Colorado State Board of Sanitarian Examiners. Environmental health specialists involved in research, administration, environmental protection and resource management earn at least a master's degree, and some earn doctoral degrees in areas such as water resources engineering, air and industrial hygiene, environmental management and related fields. To enter a graduate program, a bachelor's degree or substantial course work in science and engineering is required.

Schools/Organizations

Colorado School of Mines
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's
Doctoral Degree Doctoral
Masters Degree Master's
Colorado State University
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's
Doctoral Degree Doctoral
Masters Degree Master's

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