Environmental Engineers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.1% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Environmental Engineers Do

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Other Job Titles Environmental Engineers May Have

Air Pollution Control Engineer, Engineer, Engineering Consultant, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Remediation Specialist, Hazardous Substances Engineer, Sanitary Engineer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Environmental Engineer ,

Nevada Gold Mines

Every day is different. A day could entail ensuring that a petroleum contaminated spill on ground is cleaned, reported, and in compliance with environmental regulations. It could also include hours of creating quarterly or annual reports for mine areas to be in compliance with state water pollution control permits. Some days are occupied with interacting with operations and maintenance personnel through individual engagements or training at safety meetings to be environmentally-responsible.

International Climate Change / Environment Consultant

Working in a multi-disciplinary team consisting of international and national consultants, in collaboration with government counterparts, to improve living environment in developing countries.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.
  • Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
  • Inspect industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

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