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Environmental Science & Protection Technicians, Including Health

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

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Specialist; Preventive Medicine Specialist; Special Warfare Operator

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:
  • Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution.
  • 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

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • FishXing software
  • Flood modeling software
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • ESRI ArcView
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Autodesk Softdesk

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$41,700
per year, on average
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