|Quick Facts: Environmental Engineering Technicians|
|2012 Median Pay||
$45,350 per year
$21.80 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||19,000|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||18% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||3,500|
Environmental engineering technicians carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop. They test, operate, and, if necessary, modify equipment used to prevent or clean up environmental pollution. They may collect samples for testing, or they may work to mitigate sources of environmental pollution.
Most 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 in order to monitor operations.
Environmental engineering technicians typically have an associate’s degree in environmental engineering technology or a related field.
The median annual wage for environmental engineering technicians was $45,350 in May 2012.
Employment of environmental engineering technicians is projected to grow 18 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment in this occupation is typically tied to projects created by environmental engineers. Over the next ten years, state and local governments are expected to focus their efforts and resources on efficient water use and wastewater treatment, and thus to increase demand for environmental engineering technicians.
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