Environmental Engineers
SOC: 17-2081.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
55,100 employed

Projected (2024):
62,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Pollution Control Engineer
  • Chief, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Coordinator
  • Environmental Designer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Environmental Remediation Engineer
  • Environmental Remediation Specialist
  • Environmental Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Systems Coordinator
  • Environmentalist
  • Flood Control Engineer
  • Global Director Air and Climate Change
  • Hazardous Substances Engineer
  • Hazardous Waste Management Control Engineer
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Industrial Hygiene Engineer
  • Irrigation Engineer
  • Marine Engineer CPVEC (Marine Engineer Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance)
  • Pollution Control Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Public Health Engineer
  • Radiation Protection Engineer
  • Regulatory Environmental Compliance Manager
  • Remediation Project Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Sanitary Engineer
  • Sanitation Engineer
  • Sewage Disposal Engineer
  • Soil Engineer
  • Solid Waste Engineer
  • Solid Waste Management Engineer
  • Waste Management Engineer
  • Wastewater Treatment Engineer
  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Water Supply Engineer
  • Water Treatment Plant Engineer


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    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.

    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).

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare, review, or update environmental investigation or recommendation reports.
  • Obtain, update, or maintain plans, permits, or standard operating procedures.
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.
  • Inspect industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, or performing other general administrative duties.
  • Develop proposed project objectives and targets and report to management on progress in attaining them.
  • Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
  • Advise industries or government agencies about environmental policies and standards.
  • Inform company employees or other interested parties of environmental issues.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.
  • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.
  • Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
  • Coordinate or manage environmental protection programs or projects, assigning or evaluating work.
  • Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.
  • Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.
  • Develop or present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.
  • Develop, implement, or manage plans or programs related to conservation or management of natural resources.
  • Assess, sort, characterize, or pack known or unknown materials.
  • Request bids from suppliers or consultants.
  • Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, or planning or reviewing database development.
  • Design or supervise the design of systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
  • Direct installation or operation of environmental monitoring devices or supervise related data collection programs.
  • Prepare or present public briefings on the status of environmental engineering projects.
  • Write reports or articles for Web sites or newsletters related to environmental engineering issues.
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
  • Provide assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.
  • Prepare, maintain, or revise quality assurance documentation or procedures.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air incubators
  • Air velocity meters
  • Ambient air measurement devices
  • Anaerobic growth chambers
  • Argon ionization detectors
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrophotometers
  • Autoclaves
  • Automatic titrators
  • Balances
  • Biological oxidizers
  • California bearing ratio CBR testing devices
  • Capillary electrophoresis systems
  • Centrifuges
  • Charge-coupled device CCD cameras
  • Chemostats
  • Colorimeters
  • Combustible gas meters
  • Conductivity meters
  • Consolidometers
  • Core drill rigs
  • Desktop computers
  • Direct shear testing devices
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Electric pumps
  • Electron capture detectors ECD
  • Environmental probe systems
  • Epifluorescence microscopes
  • Flame emission detectors
  • Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flow meters
  • Fluorescence detectors
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
  • Freeze dryers
  • Fume hoods
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas meters
  • Geoprobes
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Glove box systems
  • Graphite furnaces
  • Headspace autosamplers
  • Hydrological current meters
  • Incubators
  • Individual burner air measurement IBAM probes
  • Interferometeric refractormeters
  • Ion chromatographs
  • Laboratory ovens
  • Laser photometers
  • Limnological core loggers
  • Limnological coring drills
  • Liquid chromatography detectors
  • Liquid ring pumps
  • Liquid scintillation counters
  • Luminometers
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Mercury/hybrid atomizers
  • Microbics toxicity analyzers
  • Microwave digestion instruments
  • Mud rotary drills
  • Multi gas detector tubes
  • Multiparameter water quality instruments
  • Nitrogen oxide burners
  • Notebook computers
  • Nutrient analyzers
  • Organic carbon analyzers
  • Ozonators
  • Particle counters
  • Particulate filters
  • pH meters
  • Photometers
  • Pitot tubes
  • Plasma-mass spectrometers
  • Respirometers
  • Sample concentrators
  • Sampling pumps
  • Sampling trains
  • Scanning potentiostats
  • Seismographs
  • Shakers
  • Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers
  • Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices
  • Soil modulus failure testing devices
  • Soil-erodability testing devices
  • Solid shear failure testing devices
  • Sorbent tubes
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Stem augers
  • Stormwater samplers
  • Supercritical fluid extractors
  • Surface area analyzers
  • Thermal conductivity detectors
  • Thermal/catalytic oxidizers TCO
  • Thermocouples
  • Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
  • Trace metal analyzers
  • Ultraviolet UV light detectors
  • Ultraviolet water purification systems
  • Universal fractionators
  • Water level recorders
  • Wave gauges
  • Whole air canisters
  • Air dispersion modeling software
  • ANSYS software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Bentley Microstation
  • C++
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Continuous emission management software
  • DHI Water and Environment MIKE SHE
  • Ecological risk assessment software
  • Environmental health and safety documentation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Fugitive emission leak detection software
  • Gas dispersion model software
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Greenhouse gas management software
  • Hazardous materials management software
  • HEC RAS
  • Hydrologic simulation program fortan HSPF software
  • Image analysis software
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Kubotek CADKEY software
  • LINDO Systems software
  • Maplesoft Maple
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oil mapping software
  • Photogrammetric software
  • Python
  • Regulatory compliance management software
  • RockWare MODFLOW
  • Rockwell Automation Arena
  • SAS software
  • Simulation software
  • Site remediation management software
  • Slam software
  • SofTech CADRA
  • Stormwater runoff modeling software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • WAM software
  • Waste management software
  • Water flow modeling software
  • Wind flow modeling software
  • XP Software XPSWMM


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980