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Environmental Science & Protection Technicians, Including Health

Also called: Environmental Specialist, Environmental Technician, Laboratory Specialist, Sanitarian

Where in the Army? In the Army: Food Safety Officer; Preventive Medicine Specialist

What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Business
  • customer service

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • FishXing software
  • Flood modeling software
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology
  • ESRI ArcView
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$43,030
per year, on average
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