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Environmental Engineer

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AVG. SALARY

$98,320

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EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

Environmental Engineers Career Video

Researches, designs, plans, or performs 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.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Service Systems pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs, or supervises the design of, systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
  • Collaborates with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
  • Advises corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
  • Obtains, updates, or maintains plans, permits, or standard operating procedures.
  • Serves as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.
  • Provides technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Prepares, reviews, or updates environmental investigation or recommendation reports.
  • Develops site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
  • Inspects industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Provides assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Air Pollution Control Engineer
  • Environmental Remediation Specialist
  • Hazardous Substances Engineer
  • Sanitary Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Engineer

Contact

  • Email Support
  • 1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927)
    From outside the U.S., please call +1 (424) 750-3900
  • North Dakota Career Resource Network
    ndcrn@nd.gov | (701) 328-9733

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