Environmental Engineer


Work Tasks

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

Entry Requirements

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.