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Green Occupation:
19-4091.00 - Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green Enhanced Skills occupation — green economy activities and technologies are likely to cause significant change to the work and worker requirements. New tasks, skills, knowledge, credentials may be needed. Employment demand remains the same, but there is potential for an increase.

Environmental science and protection technicians, including health work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Environment Protection — This sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Analyze potential environmental impacts of production process changes and recommend steps to mitigate negative impacts.
  • Calculate amount of pollutant in samples or compute air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes, using chemical and mathematical formulas.
  • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments.
  • Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution.
  • Conduct standardized tests to ensure materials or supplies used throughout power supply systems meet processing and safety specifications.
  • Determine amounts and kinds of chemicals to use in destroying harmful organisms or removing impurities from purification systems.
  • Develop or implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation.
  • Develop or implement site recycling or hazardous waste stream programs.
  • Develop testing procedures or direct activities of workers in laboratory.
  • Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
  • Distribute permits, closure plans, or cleanup plans.
  • Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.
  • Initiate procedures to close down or fine establishments violating environmental or health regulations.
  • Inspect sanitary conditions at public facilities.
  • Inspect workplaces to ensure the absence of health and safety hazards, such as high noise levels, radiation, or potential lighting hazards.
  • Maintain files, such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information, or diagrams showing equipment locations.
  • Make recommendations to control or eliminate unsafe conditions at workplaces or public facilities.
  • Monitor emission control devices to ensure they are operating properly and are in compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Perform statistical analysis of environmental data.
  • Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis.
  • Provide information or technical or program assistance to government representatives, employers, or the general public on the issues of public health, environmental protection, or workplace safety.
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
  • Respond to and investigate hazardous conditions or spills, or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
  • Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment.
  • Weigh, analyze, or measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock to determine concentration of pollutants.