Environmental Engineers

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Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Hazardous Substances Engineer, Sanitary Engineer

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Marine Environmental Response; Marine Safety Specialist Engineer; Marine Safety Specialist Response
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Responder; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Specialist; Environmental Engineering Management Officer; Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Officer; Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Staff Noncommissioned Officer/Noncommissioned Officer
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Bioenvironmental Engineer; Bioenvironmental Engineer, Environmental Engineering and Science; Bioenvironmental Engineer, Industrial Hygiene; Civil Engineer; Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.


Engineering and Technology

  • product and service development
  • design

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • chemistry

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Safety and Government

  • law and government


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



  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software

  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology

Desktop communications software

  • Eko

Compliance software

  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
  • Regulatory compliance management software


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

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