Stormwater Engineer

Analyze. Plan. Become an expert in stormwater management planning, drainage design, flood control and hydraulic analysis. Build a rewarding career as a stormwater engineer.

work as a stormwater engineerWhat Does Working as a Stormwater Engineer Look Like?

Determine how to build infrastructure and drainage systems to best manage, direct and utilize stormwater.

Stormwater engineers typically:

  • Propose, design and supervise stormwater construction projects.
  • Develop and install drainage systems and stormwater recovery or wastewater treatment mechanisms to best manage, store, treat and reuse stormwater in eco-friendly and healthy ways.
  • Construct or oversee construction of stormwater drainage and management systems taking into consideration soil type and quality, climate, urban and rural development, flooding and environmental concerns.
  • Conduct research on stormwater problems related to soil drainage, pollution, disease and impact on humans and animals.

Educate government agencies, urban planners and land users on stormwater recovery and management best practices.

Stormwater Engineer Salary and Forecast

Stormwater engineers earn a national 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 a Stormwater Engineer?

 Irrigation engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and a significant portion require a master’s degree or graduate level certificate. Irrigation engineering uses principles from both agricultural engineering and civil engineering. Both the Master of Biological Agricultural Engineering program and the graduate level certificate explore the topics necessary for advancement in this career path.

Many professionals find that they are only qualified to do part of the job because they don’t have the credentials required. They get an entry-level job with an undergraduate degree in environmental science or a related degree, work for a few years, and then find they cannot be promoted because the next step requires an engineering degree or an advanced degree. The engineering degree allows them to do the design work rather than just the installation. The engineer can sign (“seal”) legal documents once they become a licensed Professional Engineer.

Find out if a master’s degree or graduate level certificate will give you the credentials required for job advancement. Our online graduate programs are designed to accommodate a working professional’s busy schedule, making it possible to work full-time and get the advanced degree or certificate you need.

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Stormwater Engineer Job Opportunities

Find out what irrigation engineering employers are looking for. Explore stormwater engineering job opportunities.

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Divide your time between the office and the great outdoors. Design and execute irrigation solutions. Jumpstart your career by applying to a graduate level biological agricultural engineering certificate or program today.

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