ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS use the principles of biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. They conduct hazardous-waste management studies. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. They are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. They study and attempt to minimize the affects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They are also involved with the protection of wildlife.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $87,000 average per year ($41.75 per hour)
- A medium occupation (49,800 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (3.1% per year)
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS must have at least a bachelor's degree in environmental, civil, chemical, or mechanical engineering for entry-level engineering positions. However, employers increasingly prefer those with a master's degree in environmental engineering. A graduate degree is essential for engineering faculty positions and many research and development programs. A Ph.D. is an asset and will improve opportunities for advancement to high-level positions.
- Chemical Engineer
- Environmental Health Inspector
- Industrial Engineer
- Occupational Health/Safety Spec
- Safety Engineer