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17-3025.00 - Environmental Engineering Technicians

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 scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

Sample of reported job titles: Air Quality Instrument Specialist, Engineer Technician, Environmental Engineering Assistant, Environmental Engineering Technician, Environmental Field Technician, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Technician, Haz Tech (Hazardous Technician), Industrial Waste Inspector, Senior Environmental Technician

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Tasks

  • Maintain project logbook records or computer program files. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect and analyze pollution samples, such as air or ground water. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review work plans to schedule activities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess the ability of environments to naturally remove or reduce conventional or emerging contaminants from air, water, or soil. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Work with customers to assess the environmental impact of proposed construction or to develop pollution prevention programs. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee support staff. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air pumps — Aeration pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air samplers or collectors — Air monitoring equipment; Airborne particulate samplers; Dichotomous particulate matter samplers; Multistage agar impactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors — Air velocity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analytical balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Interferometeric refractormeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — High-speed centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bi distillation units — Water distillation units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Surface area analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers — Microtox toxicity systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemistry analyzers — Mercury analysis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chromatographic detectors — Low pressure liquid chromatographs with fraction collectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conductivity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Darkfield microscopes — Phase contrast microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Density gradient fractionators — Universal fractionators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dewatering equipment — Filter press simulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers — Respirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dissolved oxygen meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes — Micropipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic counters — Particle counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrophoresis system accessories — Electrophoresis tanks; Fraction collectors; Zeta meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extracting equipment for laboratories — Supercritical fluid extractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Particulate filters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors FID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow injection analysis equipment — Flow injection analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fluorescent microscopes — Epifluorescence microscopes; Total internal reflection fluorescence TIRF microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Freeze dryers or lyopholizers — Freeze dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • French pressure cells — French presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Chemical fume hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gel documentation systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous material protective clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Heated environmental chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heating mantles or tapes — Heating mantles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Dessicator chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • HEPA filtered enclosures — Biosafety cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC with ultraviolet/visible UV/Vis absorbance detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors — Total organic halide analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers — Plasma spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis — Electrophoresis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inverted microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion chromatographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion selective electrode — Specific ion probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion selective electrode ISE meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolation glove boxes — Anaerobic laboratory glove bags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory adapters or connectors or fittings — Glassware adapters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory bailers — Bailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Balances; Laboratory scales; Pan balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory beakers — Beakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers — Blenders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory box furnaces — Muffle furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory centrifugal pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory flasks — Erlenmeyer flasks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory funnels — Filtering funnels; Funnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Graduated cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory heat exchange condensers — Glassware condensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Laboratory ovens; Mechanical convection ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mixers — Mixer mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory safety furnaces — Furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminar flow cabinets or stations — Laminar flow hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Land drilling rigs — Tractor mounted drill rigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Argon lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Tracer gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light scattering equipment — Simultaneous static and dynamic light scattering systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid scintillation counters — Liquid scintillation equipment; Scintillation counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stirrers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers — Gas mass spectroscopes; Liquid mass spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcentrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microplate readers — Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multipurpose or general test tubes — Test tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nephelometers — Benchtop nephelometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer — Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers — 13C nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers; Proton nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open stream water level recorders — Water level recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical diffraction apparatus — Particle size analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital shakers — Laboratory shakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orbital shaking water baths — Fecal coliform constant temperature shaker baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Organic carbon analyzers — Carbon analyzers; Total organic carbon TOC analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ozone analyzers — Ozone concentration percentage meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ozone generator — Ozone bubble contactors; Ozone generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Particle size measuring apparatus — Differential mobility analyzers; Soil particle size testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Penetrometers — California bearing ratio CBR testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peristaltic pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Permeability testing apparatus — Soil permeability testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photo attachments for microscopes — Camera-equipped microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potentiometers — Potentiostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products — Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reactors or fermenters or digesters — Aerobic laboratory scale reactors; Anaerobic laboratory scale reactors; Digester apparatus; High-pressure/temperature reactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reciprocating pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated benchtop centrifuges — Benchtop refrigerated centrifuges; Refrigerated centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reverse osmosis equipment — Low pressure reverse osmosis water treatment systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Liquid handling robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sample oxidizer — Biological oxidizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Flatbed scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes — Scanning microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Atomic force microscopes; Scanning probe microscopes SPM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shaking incubators — Incubator shakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil testing kits — Soil expansion testers; Soil vapor sampling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Fluorimeters; Spectrofluorimeters; Ultraviolet UV spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Single particle spectroscopes; Visible spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Standard fermentation units — Fermenters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sterilization cabinets — Sterilizer chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stirring hotplates — Hot plate stirrers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface tension measuring instruments — Drop volume tensiometers; Dynamic contact angle apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal conductivity analyzers — Thermal conductivity detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermocouples See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Titration equipment — Autotitration systems; Titrators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbidimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers — Freezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultra pure water systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrafiltration equipment — Ultrafiltration cells See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum or rotary evaporators — Rotavapors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video attachments for microscopes — Video microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vortex mixers — Two-vortex mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water analyzers — Streaming current detectors; Titrimeters; Toxicity analyzers; Water quality monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water meters — Meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers — Groundwater pumps; Groundwater sampling equipment; Water sampling pumps See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE; PerkinElmer Turbochrom; Scientific Software Group MIGRATE; Visual MODFLOW Pro (see all 30 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Categorization or classification software — GAEA Technologies WinSieve See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Compliance software — Continuous emission management software; Material safety data sheet MSDS software; Site remediation management software; Waste management software (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Kubotek CADKEY software; Mathsoft Mathcad; SofTech CADRA (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; eNotebook software; Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Formula translation/translator FORTRAN; National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Gel documentation software; Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Photogrammetric software; Slam software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Fugitive emission leak detection software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software; Geomechanical design analysis GDA software; Soil mapping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++; Python See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise customers on the use of products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test or validation data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare detailed work plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess product or process usefulness. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise production or support personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples of raw materials or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package materials for transport. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate system, equipment, or product failures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 60% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 54% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 54% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 48% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 51% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 42% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 34% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 31% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 40% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 57% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 38% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 50% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 46% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 29% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
67   Bachelor's degree
11   High school diploma or equivalent Help
8   Post-secondary certificate Help

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

Engineering — Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Environmental Science — Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIC

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $23.16 hourly, $48,170 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 7,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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