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Environmental Compliance Inspectors

Also called: Enforcement Officer, Environmental Compliance Officer, Environmental Specialist, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Officer (RCRA Enforcement Officer)

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Inspect and investigate sources of pollution to protect the public and environment and ensure conformance with Federal, State, and local regulations and ordinances.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.
  • Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Environmental Knowledge and Assessment Tool EKAT
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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