Environmental Engineer

Improve waste disposal and develop new ways to use waste products. Propose new pollution controls. Make a difference as an environmental engineer.

environmental engineeringWhat Does Working as an Environmental Engineer Look Like?

Use your skills and expertise to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health and water and air pollution control.

Environmental engineers typically:

  • Design and plan systems, processes or equipment used to reduce pollution and improve air, water or soil quality.
  • Advise parties responsible for recovery of contaminated sites.  
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business or other specialists to address environmental concerns.  
  • Obtain, update or maintain plans, permits or standard operating procedures.
  • Serve as liaison with federal, state or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.

To work in this field, you need to possess a deep knowledge of environmental science and engineering.

Environmental Engineer Salary and Forecast

Environmental engineers earn a median salary of $78,320 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 9-13%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 16%.

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What Education is Required to Work as an Environmental Engineer?

Most environmental engineers have a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a graduate level certificate in their area of expertise. Environmental engineering is a subfield of biological agricultural engineering. The Master of Biological Agricultural Engineering explores the topics necessary for advancement in this career path.

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Environmental Engineer Job Opportunities

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