Environmental Science & Protection Technicians, Including Health

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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.
  • Investigate hazardous conditions or spills or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.



  • customer service

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • chemistry
  • biology

Safety and Government

  • law and government


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



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

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


  • 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
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Geographic information system

  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology
  • ESRI ArcView

Video creation and editing software

  • YouTube

Analytical or scientific software

  • Visual OTTHYMO


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

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