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17-2081.01 - Water/Wastewater Engineers

Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.

Sample of reported job titles: Acting Section Chief, Assistant County Engineer, Director Water and Waste Services, Engineer and Geologist, Principal Consulting Engineer, Principal Technologist, Program Manager, Project Manager/Design Manager, Surface Water Manager, Water Reuse Program Manager

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
85   Core Provide technical direction or supervision to junior engineers, engineering or computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, or other technical personnel. Green Task Statement
85   Core Conduct feasibility studies for the construction of facilities, such as water supply systems, run-off collection networks, water and wastewater treatment plants, or wastewater collection systems. Green Task Statement
83   Core Design pumping systems, pumping stations, pipelines, force mains, or sewers for the collection of wastewater. Green Task Statement
80   Core Design domestic or industrial water or wastewater treatment plants, including advanced facilities with sequencing batch reactors (SBR), membranes, lift stations, headworks, surge overflow basins, ultraviolet disinfection systems, aerobic digesters, sludge lagoons, or control buildings. Green Task Statement
78   Core Analyze storm water or floodplain drainage systems to control erosion, stabilize river banks, repair channel streams, or design bridges. Green Task Statement
77   Core Design water distribution systems for potable or nonpotable water. Green Task Statement
77   Core Design or select equipment for use in wastewater processing to ensure compliance with government standards. Green Task Statement
76   Core Identify design alternatives for the development of new water resources. Green Task Statement
74   Core Design water or wastewater lift stations, including water wells. Green Task Statement
74   Core Perform hydraulic analyses of water supply systems or water distribution networks to model flow characteristics, test for pressure losses, or to identify opportunities to mitigate risks and improve operational efficiency. Green Task Statement
73   Core Gather and analyze water use data to forecast water demand. Green Task Statement
70   Core Design water storage tanks or other water storage facilities. Green Task Statement
70   Core Conduct cost-benefit analyses for the construction of water supply systems, run-off collection networks, water and wastewater treatment plants, or wastewater collection systems. Green Task Statement
70   Core Analyze and recommend chemical, biological, or other wastewater treatment methods to prepare water for industrial or domestic use. Green Task Statement
69   Core Review and critique proposals, plans, or designs related to water or wastewater treatment systems. Green Task Statement
67   Core Write technical reports or publications related to water resources development or water use efficiency. Green Task Statement
67   Core Design sludge treatment plants. Green Task Statement
67   Core Conduct water quality studies to identify and characterize water pollutant sources. Green Task Statement
66   Core Provide technical support on water resource or treatment issues to government agencies. Green Task Statement
66   Core Analyze and recommend sludge treatment or disposal methods. Green Task Statement
64   Core Design water run-off collection networks, water supply channels, or water supply system networks. Green Task Statement
63   Core Perform hydrological analyses, using three-dimensional simulation software, to model the movement of water or forecast the dispersion of chemical pollutants in the water supply. Green Task Statement
60   Core Oversee the construction of decentralized or on-site wastewater treatment systems, including reclaimed water facilities. Green Task Statement
59   Core Develop plans for new water resources or water efficiency programs. Green Task Statement
57   Core Analyze the efficiency of water delivery structures, such as dams, tainter gates, canals, pipes, penstocks, or cofferdams. Green Task Statement
56   Core Conduct environmental impact studies related to water and wastewater collection, treatment, or distribution. Green Task Statement
55   Core Perform mathematical modeling of underground or surface water resources, such as floodplains, ocean coastlines, streams, rivers, or wetlands. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Desktop computers
Laser printers — Computer laser printers
Notebook computers — Laptop computers
Personal computers
Plotter printers — Large-format plotters
Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Digitizers

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — HEC-RAS *; KYPipe; NIWA Tideda; Wallingford Software InfoWorks WS (see all 13 examples)
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Bentley SewerCAD; Eagle Point LANDCADD; HydroCAD Software Solutions HydroCAD (see all 8 examples)
Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access; Structured query language SQL
Internet browser software — Google Chrome *; Microsoft Internet Explorer *; Mozilla Firefox *; Web browser software
Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software; MapInfo software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software — Microsoft Project
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
94   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
86   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
85   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
80   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
75   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
74   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
73   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
73   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
69   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
66   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
66   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
60   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
58   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
56   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
54   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
48   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
48   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
47   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
46   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
42   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
39   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
36   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
35   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
33   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
25   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
18   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
16   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
14   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
10   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
10   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
75   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
72   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
72   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
72   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
72   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
69   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
66   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
66   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
63   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
63   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
63   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
60   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
60   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
60   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
56   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
56   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
53   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
50   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
50   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
50   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
47   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
47   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
44   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
35   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
35   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
35   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
31   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
28   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
19   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
75   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
72   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
72   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
72   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
69   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
66   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
66   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
63   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
63   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
63   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
60   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
60   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
56   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
41   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
38   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
35   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
35   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
35   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
35   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
35   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
28   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
19   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
16   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
13   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
89   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
86   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
86   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Research advanced engineering designs or applications.
84   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
83   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
81   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
81   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
81   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
80   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
79   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
78   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
77   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
77   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
77   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
74   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
74   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
72   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
72   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
72   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Design civil structures or systems.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Design structures or facilities.
71   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
70   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
68   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
68   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
66   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct environmental development activities.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
65   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
64   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
63   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
62   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
60   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
60   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
54   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
54   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
53   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
47   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
30   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
29   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
23   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
21   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
18   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
18   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
18   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
99   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
99   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
92   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
87   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
85   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
85   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
84   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
84   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
81   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
76   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
74   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
74   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
73   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
72   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
72   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
71   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
71   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
67   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
60   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
60   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
56   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
49   In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
48   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
44   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
40   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
40   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
39   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
39   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
38   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
38   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
34   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
33   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
31   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
31   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
30   Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
29   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
26   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
25   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
24   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
24   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
23   Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
21   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
20   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
19   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
18   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
18   Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
17   Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
16   Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
14   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
13   Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
11   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
  Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
  Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
  In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
  Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
  Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and special agents.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
76   Bachelor's degree
21   Master's degree
  Doctoral or professional degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Water Resources Engineering

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
89   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
78   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
50   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
39   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
22   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
11   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
92   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
92   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
91   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
89   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
85   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
85   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
79   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
77   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
75   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
73   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
73   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
71   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
69   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
69   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
59   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
58   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
89   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
81   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
72   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
72   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
39   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
39   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

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Wages & Employment Trends

National

Median wages data collected from Environmental Engineers.
Employment data collected from Environmental Engineers.
Industry data collected from Environmental Engineers.

Median wages (2012) $38.89 hourly, $80,890 annual
Employment (2012) 53,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 21,100
Top industries (2012)

State & National

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Environmental Engineers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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