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Environmental Engineers

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.   (O'Net 17-2081.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Air Pollution Control Engineer, Chief, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch, Environmental Analyst, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Designer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Planner, Environmental Remediation Engineer, Environmental Remediation Specialist, Environmental Safety Specialist, Environmental Systems Coordinator, Environmentalist, Flood Control Engineer, Global Director Air and Climate Change, Hazardous Substances Engineer, Hazardous Waste Management Control Engineer, Hazardous Waste Management Specialist, Industrial Hygiene Engineer, Irrigation Engineer, Marine Engineer CPVEC (Marine Engineer Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance), Pollution Control Engineer, Project Manager, Public Health Engineer, Radiation Protection Engineer, Regulatory Environmental Compliance Manager, Reservoir Engineer, Sanitary Engineer, Sanitation Engineer, Sewage Disposal Engineer, Soil Engineer, Solid Waste Engineer, Solid Waste Management Engineer, Waste Management Engineer, Wastewater Treatment Engineer, Water Supply Engineer, Water Treatment Plant Engineer
 
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    Wages
    for Environmental Engineers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 23.27   $ 27.69   $ 35.23   $ 45.58   $ 58.58   $ 40.39  
    Yearly $48,410   $57,600   $73,290   $94,800   $121,840   $84,010  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 21.24   $ 24.36   $ 33.94   $ 45.15   $ 94.56   $ 44.15  
    Yearly $44,180   $50,670   $70,590   $93,910   $196,690   $91,820  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 25.58   $ 27.01   $ 29.39   $ 45.51   $ 58.89   $ 36.05  
    Yearly $53,210   $56,180   $61,140   $94,660   $122,490   $74,990  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 25.67   $ 30.58   $ 36.92   $ 45.86   $ 56.91   $ 38.59  
    Yearly $53,390   $63,600   $76,780   $95,380   $118,380   $80,260  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 129 147 1.3% 6
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Environmental Engineers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 29.3%
    Management, scientific, and technical consulting services 20.3%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 15.3%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 6.9%
    Federal government, all industries 6.3%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Environmental Engineers
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  • Design or supervise the design of systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
     
  • Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
     
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
     
  • Prepare, review, or update environmental investigation or recommendation reports.
     
  • Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
     
  • Inspect industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
     
  • Provide assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
    for Environmental Engineers
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
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  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Environmental Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
    Asbestos Abatement Employee Asbestos and Lead Regulatory Program
    Environmental Health Division
    Vermont Department of Health
    Lead Abatement Employee Asbestos and Lead Regulatory Program
    Environmental Health Division
    Vermont Department of Health
    Wastewater/Water System Designer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Wastewater/Water System Designer Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Environmental Engineers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
     
    • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Environmental Engineers 
     

     
     
     
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