Environmental engineers investigate issues within the environment and design solutions
in areas such as water and air pollution, and waste management.
Additionally, they use scientific data and analyze naturally occurring
environmental weather patterns to make recommendations for preserving habitats.
They also provide training to fellow employees on
environmental compliance practices.
Report environmental incidents to plant management,
including mishaps such as internal spills, external releases,
potential permit non-compliances,
and upcoming regulatory inspections
Review environmental regulations, and determine whether they're being applied properly
Education and Training
Education: You'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering.
Other acceptable degrees include general, civil, or chemical engineering.
Getting a degree from a program accredited by ABET
(formerly known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
may increase your chance of getting hired.
License: Those who offer their services to the public must be licensed as
professional engineers (PEs). Individual states issue licenses.
You can find specific requirements on the licensed Occupations Tool from
CareerOneStop. Generally, to become licensed, you will have to graduate from an
ABET-accredited program, pass general engineering and discipline-specific
examinations, and get four years of experience.
Just under 53,800 people are employed in this field.
The job outlook is expected to be good between 2016 and 2026.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment will grow about 8%,
which is about as fast as the projected average of 7% for all occupations, with an
estimated 4,800 new jobs added during that time.
Median Annual Salary: $87,620 ($42.13 /hour)
Top 10% Annual Salary: More than $137,090 ($65.91/hour)
Bottom 10% Annual Salary: Less than $53,180 ($25.57/hour)