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Environmental Engineering Technicians

Environmental Engineering Technicians
Quick Facts : Environmental Engineering Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$43,390
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201218,800
Job Outlook24% (Faster than average)
Employment Change4,600

Environmental engineering technicians engineering technicians carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop. They also help environmental engineers develop devices for cleaning up environmental pollution.

What Environmental Engineering Technicians Do

  • Set up, test, operate, and modify equipment for preventing or cleaning up environmental pollution
  • Maintain project records and computer program files
  • Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements
  • Review work plans to schedule activities
  • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, and other hazardous materials

Work Environment

Nearly all environmental engineering technicians work full time. They typically work indoors, usually in laboratories, and often have regular working hours. However, they must sometimes work irregular hours to monitor operations.
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Job Outlook

Employment of environmental engineering technicians is projected to grow 24 percent from 2010 to 2020. Employment in this occupation is typically tied to projects created by environmental engineers.
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The average salary of environmental engineering technicians was $43,390 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Environmental Engineering Technicians

Environmental engineering technicians typically have an associate's degree in environmental engineering technology or engineering technology. Associate's degree programs generally include courses in mathematics, chemistry, solid and hazardous waste, and environmental biology, among others.
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