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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
Quick Facts : Environmental Science and Protection Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$41,380
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201229,600
Job Outlook24% (Faster than average)
Employment Change7,000


Environmental science and protection technicians use laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, to analyze samples collected in the field. They monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting health.

What Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Do

  • Inspect establishments, including public places and businesses, to ensure that there are no environmental, health, or safety hazards
  • Set up and maintain equipment used to monitor pollution levels, such as remote sensors that measure emissions from smokestacks
  • Collect samples of air, soil, water, and other materials for laboratory analysis
  • Perform scientific tests to identify and measure levels of pollutants in samples
  • Prepare charts and reports that summarize test results

Work Environment

Environmental science and protection technicians work in offices, laboratories, and the field.
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Job Outlook

Employment of environmental science and protection technicians is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020 spurred by heightened public interest in environmental hazards.
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Pay

The average salary of environmental science and protection technicians was $41,380 in May 2010.
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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

41380

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

23.6486

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

Most employers prefer applicants who have at least an associate's degree, or 2 years of postsecondary training, in a natural science or science-related technology. New technicians are often trained on the job by more experienced environmental science and protection technicians.
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