Environmental Tech

Environmental technicians also called pollution control technicians assist environmental scientists in conducting field tests or doing laboratory work in order to monitor for and prevent environmental hazards and both industrial and residential pollution. They usually specialize in water air or soil pollution control. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that if the tests that environmental technicians conduct actually detect contamination they take the necessary action to remediate it using whatever equipment is appropriate. They are responsible for ordering materials and lab equipment as well as for maintaining computer files of all tests that are conducted. According to the website httpcareerplanning.about.com aspiring environmental technicians need a two-year associate's degree in environmental engineering technology or hazardous materials information systems technology. Courses in these subjects are available at many community colleges but also at technical and vocational schools or in the military. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies offers a certification program after which attendees can pass a written exam and submit a supervisor's evaluation to earn a certificate. However a bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or biology will open up a wider range of job opportunities. After obtaining some experience environmental technicians may be able to work on larger projects or qualify for positions in which they supervise those with less experience. The majority of environmental technicians work for government agencies that regulate industrial pollution. Job prospects for environmental technicians are excellent because of stricter environmental pollution compliance regulations. Pay for this type of job varies widely depending on the exact nature of the work the employer and the geographic location but the median annual salary is approximately $41000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $41000
High Salary: $51000
Low Salary: $31000
Tasks: Conduct field tests.
Monitors for environmental hazards.
Takes pollution surveys.
Collects and analyzes samples.
Also Called: Pollution Control Technician
Environmental Engineering Technician
Environmental Regulation Technician
Hazardous Materials Technician
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