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Environmental Engineers

Environmental Engineers
Quick Facts : Environmental Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$78,740
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201251,400
Job Outlook22% (Faster than average)
Employment Change11,300


Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution. They also address global issues, such as safe drinking water, climate change, and sustainability.

What Environmental Engineers Do

  • Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation reports
  • Analyze scientific data and do quality-control checks
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs
  • Inspect industrial and municipal facilities and programs to ensure compliance with environmental regulations
  • Advise corporations and government agencies about procedures for cleaning up contaminated sites

Work Environment

Environmental engineers work in a variety of settings because of the nature of the tasks they do. When they are working with other engineers and urban and regional planners, environmental engineers are likely to be in offices. When they are carrying out solutions through construction projects, they are likely to be at construction sites.
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Job Outlook

Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 as they will continue to be needed to help utilities and water treatment plants comply with any new federal or state environmental regulations.
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of environmental engineers was $78,740.
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Environmental Engineers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Environmental Engineers

78740

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

71525.1724

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Environmental Engineers*
Percent Change in Employment

Environmental Engineers

21.9844

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

13.188106742398492

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Environmental Engineers

Environmental engineers need to have a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering or a related field, such as civil, chemical, or mechanical engineering. Employers also value practical experience. Getting a license improves the chances for employment.
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