CAREER

Environmental Protection Technicians

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$46,850

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+8.4% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Associate's degree

Career

What Environmental Protection Technicians Do

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

Other Job Titles Environmental Protection Technicians May Have

Environmental Technician, Laboratory Technician, Public Health Sanitarian, Sanitarian, Water Quality Analyst, Water Quality Specialist

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
  • Develop or implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation.
  • Investigate hazardous conditions or spills or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
  • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments.

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