Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers use scientific principles taken from fields such as chemistry biology and environmental science to work on solving problems that range from water and air pollution waste disposal or issues related to public health. Specific examples of their work include designing systems that supply municipal water or treating industrial waste water. They also work on evaluating recycling programs and they consult on how industries deal with hazardous waste. They often have the job of inspecting industrial and municipal facilities to see if they are in compliance with environmental regulations and they may recommend what policies should be implemented. The website www.education.com reports that environmental engineers work for private architectural and engineering companies for construction companies that are designing large projects that could have an impact on the environment or in industrial plants. However many work for state and local governments. According to the website www.jobdescriptions.net environmental engineering jobs are most plentiful when regulations are most stringent and at the present time the job outlook is excellent. Environmental engineers need to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering but some have master’s and doctoral degrees. According to the website www.education.com entry level environmental engineers with a bachelor’s degree earn a starting salary of approximately $48000 although salary levels depend on the size and location of the employer. The median annual salary is approximately $67000 and those with experience can earn more than $100000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $74000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $48000
Tasks: Works to solve air and water pollution issues.
Evaluates recycling programs.
Conducts hazardous waste management studies.
Develops solutions to environmental problems.
Also Called: Natural Resources Engineer
Civil Engineer
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/52/Environmental-Engineer.html