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Life As an Environmental Engineer

Job Description & Duties 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.

List of Environmental Engineer Job Duties

  • Direct installation or operation of environmental monitoring devices or supervise related data collection programs.
  • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.
  • Prepare or present public briefings on the status of environmental engineering projects.
  • Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.

Environmental Engineer Skills

These are the skills Environmental Engineers say are the most useful in their careers:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • Environmental Planner
  • Project Engineer
  • Environmental Systems Coordinator
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Environmental Project Manager

Environmental Engineer Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 53,800 jobs for Environmental Engineer in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,500 new jobs for Environmental Engineer by 2026. There will be an estimated 4,000 positions for Environmental Engineer per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Environmental Engineer are Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Alaska, or Mississippi. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of an Environmental Engineer

The typical yearly salary for Environmental Engineers is somewhere between $53,180 and $137,090.

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Environmental Engineers who work in Alaska, Louisiana, or California, make the highest salaries.

How much do Environmental Engineers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $82,020
Alaska $116,680
Arizona $80,330
Arkansas $89,540
California $105,480
Colorado $98,350
Connecticut $88,810
Delaware $84,480
District of Columbia $100,060
Florida $80,540
Georgia $79,700
Hawaii $91,270
Idaho $96,870
Illinois $92,200
Indiana $82,180
Iowa $79,210
Kansas $85,400
Kentucky $80,900
Louisiana $108,980
Maine $75,440
Maryland $102,650
Massachusetts $90,070
Michigan $93,770
Mississippi $72,400
Missouri $72,290
Montana $84,960
Nebraska $90,320
Nevada $92,810
New Hampshire $99,840
New Jersey $88,360
New Mexico $95,720
New York $90,470
North Carolina $82,110
North Dakota $76,770
Ohio $85,970
Oklahoma $79,590
Oregon $97,440
Pennsylvania $89,410
Rhode Island $91,940
South Carolina $76,970
South Dakota $99,760
Tennessee $93,620
Texas $102,660
Utah $76,530
Vermont $82,430
Virginia $86,330
Washington $99,750
West Virginia $69,800
Wisconsin $81,860
Wyoming $93,680

What Tools do Environmental Engineers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Environmental Engineers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • SAS
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Maplesoft Maple
  • Simulation software

How do I Become an Environmental Engineer?

What education or degrees do I need to become an Environmental Engineer?

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What work experience do I need to become an Environmental Engineer?

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Where Environmental Engineers Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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