Details Report for:
17-2081.00 - Environmental Engineers
Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.
Sample of reported job titles: Air Pollution Control Engineer; Chief, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch; Environmental Analyst; Environmental Engineer; Environmental Remediation Specialist; Global Director Air and Climate Change; Hazardous Substances Engineer; Marine Engineer CPVEC (Marine Engineer Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance); Regulatory Environmental Compliance Manager; Sanitary Engineer
Also see: Water/Wastewater Engineers
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Analytical or scientific software — DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE; RockWare MODFLOW; The MathWorks MATLAB ; XP Software XPSWMM (see all 25 examples)
- Compliance software — Greenhouse gas management software; Hazardous materials management HMS software; Material safety data sheet MSDS software; Regulatory compliance management software (see all 6 examples)
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD ; Bentley Microstation ; Computer aided design and drafting software CADD; SofTech CADRA (see all 5 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access
- Development environment software — Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Photogrammetric software
- Industrial control software — Fugitive emission leak detection software
- Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software ; ESRI ArcView; Geomechanical design analysis GDA software; Oil mapping software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++ ; Python
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project management software — Microsoft Project
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Air samplers or collectors — Sampling trains
- Air sampling pumps — Sampling pumps
- Air velocity and temperature monitors — Air velocity meters; Ambient air measurement devices; Nitrogen oxide burners
- Anaerobic chamber — Anaerobic growth chambers
- Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers
- Atomizers — Mercury/hybrid atomizers
- Augers — Stem augers
- Autosamplers — Headspace autosamplers
- Bacteria transformation kits — Chemostats
- Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Interferometeric refractormeters
- Benchtop centrifuges — Centrifuges
- Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Surface area analyzers
- Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers — Fluorescence detectors; Microbics toxicity analyzers
- Chromatographic detectors — Liquid chromatography detectors; Ultraviolet UV light detectors
- Conductivity meters — Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
- Core drills — Core drill rigs; Limnological coring drills
- Density gradient fractionators — Universal fractionators
- Desktop computers
- Dissolution or disintegration testers — Soil modulus failure testing devices; Soil-erodability testing devices
- Dissolved carbon dioxide analyzers — Respirometers
- Dissolved oxygen meters
- Electrometers — Electron capture detectors ECD
- Electronic counters — Particle counters
- Electronic measuring probes — Environmental probe systems; Individual burner air measurement IBAM probes
- Extracting equipment for laboratories — Supercritical fluid extractors
- Filtering machinery — Particulate filters
- Flame ionization analyzers — Flame emission detectors; Flame ionization detectors FID
- Flowmeters — Flow meters; Pitot tubes
- Fluorescent microscopes — Epifluorescence microscopes
- Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Air incubators; Incubators
- Freeze dryers or lyopholizers — Freeze dryers
- Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods
- Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC
- Gas detector tubes — Multi gas detector tubes; Sorbent tubes
- Gas detectors — Combustible gas meters
- Gas gauges — Gas meters
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Instrumentation for capillary electrophoresis — Capillary electrophoresis systems
- Ion chromatographs
- Ionmeters — Argon ionization detectors
- Isolation glove boxes — Glove box systems
- Laboratory balances — Balances
- Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Laboratory ovens
- Laboratory microwave ovens — Microwave digestion instruments
- Liquid scintillation counters
- Mass spectrometers — Plasma-mass spectrometers; Trace metal analyzers
- Mud pumps — Electric pumps
- Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer — Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers
- Notebook computers
- Open stream current meters — Hydrological current meters
- Open stream water level recorders — Water level recorders; Wave gauges
- Orbital shakers — Shakers
- Organic carbon analyzers — Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
- Ozone analyzers — Ozonators
- Penetrometers — California bearing ratio CBR testing devices
- Permeability testing apparatus — Consolidometers
- pH meters
- Photo attachments for microscopes — Charge-coupled device CCD cameras
- Photometers — Laser photometers; Luminometers
- Potentiometers — Scanning potentiostats
- Programmable tube furnaces — Graphite furnaces
- Rotary drills — Mud rotary drills
- Sample holders — Whole air canisters
- Sample oxidizer — Biological oxidizers; Thermal/catalytic oxidizers TCO
- Seismic recorders or seismographs — Seismographs
- Shear strength testers — Direct shear testing devices; Solid shear failure testing devices
- Soil core sampling apparatus — Geoprobes; Limnological core loggers
- Spectrophotometers — Fluorescence spectrophotometers
- Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves
- Thermal conductivity analyzers — Thermal conductivity detectors
- Titration equipment — Automatic titrators
- Ultra violet water purification units — Ultraviolet water purification systems
- Vacuum or centrifugal concentrators — Sample concentrators
- Vacuum pumps — Liquid ring pumps
- Water analyzers — Multiparameter water quality instruments; Nutrient analyzers
- Water samplers — Stormwater samplers
- Design environmental control systems.
- Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
- Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
- Maintain operational records or records systems.
- Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
- Prepare technical or operational reports.
- Develop technical methods or processes.
- Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
- Explain project details to the general public.
- Determine operational criteria or specifications.
- Prepare operational reports.
- Direct environmental development activities.
- Monitor activities affecting environmental quality.
- Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
- Prepare procedural documents.
- Package materials for transport.
- Test characteristics of materials or structures.
- Prepare project budgets.
- Assist engineers or scientists with research.
- Teach safety standards or environmental compliance methods.
- Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
- Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
- Prepare detailed work plans.
|Title||Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).|
|Related Experience||Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.|
|Job Training||Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, surgeons, and veterinarians.|
|SVP Range||(8.0 and above)|
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.
|17-2051.00||Civil Engineers Bright Outlook|
|17-2111.02||Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers|
|17-2151.00||Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers|
|17-2199.03||Energy Engineers Green|
|19-1031.01||Soil and Water Conservationists|
|19-2041.00||Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2017)||$41.73 hourly, $86,800 annual|
|Employment (2016)||54,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2016-2026)||Average (5% to 9%)|
|Projected job openings (2016-2026)||4,000|
|Top industries (2016)||
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (50% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- Air and Waste Management Association
- Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals
- American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
- American Industrial Hygiene Association
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- American Public Works Association
- American Society for Engineering Education
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- American Water Works Association
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
- National Ground Water Association
- National Registry of Environmental Professionals
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Environmental engineers
- Society of American Military Engineers
- Solid Waste Association of North America
- Water Environment Federation