Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer

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.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Develop recommendations and regulations to prevent future issues with environmental pollution
  • Use scientific data and analyze naturally occurring environmental weather patterns to make recommendations for preserving habitats
  • Provide technical support in day-to-day operations of food, ethanol, oil and feed production
  • Ensure compliance with environmental regulations
  • Create company environmental management system and protocols
  • Read and analyze topographical and geological data
  • Implement companywide priorities for environmental stewardship
  • Train fellow employees on environmental compliance practices 
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry and biology and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in agricultural, civil, environmental or chemical engineering is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Environmental engineers are typically employed by plant research companies, food science companies, governmental organizations, schools/universities and environmental organizations.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Academy of Environmental Engineers
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$68,986
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