Environmental Engineering Technologists & Technicians

Also called: Air Quality Instrument Specialist, Environmental Field Technician, Environmental Technician

Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
What they do:
Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.
  • Record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.
  • Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings.
KNOWLEDGE

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
ABILITIES

Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Compliance software
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
  • Waste management software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Statistical software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
EDUCATION


bachelor's degree or high school diploma/GED
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK

New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

Salary:
High: $84,640.00
Median: $54,000.00
Low: $36,150.00
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