Air Quality Engineers

Air Quality Engineers at Work

Air quality engineers, or air pollution control engineers, develop techniques to analyze and control air pollution by using sophisticated monitoring, chemical analysis, computer modeling, and statistical analysis. Some air quality engineers design or modify pollution-control equipment. Government-employed air quality experts keep track of a region's polluters, enforce federal regulations, and impose fines or take other action against those who do not comply with regulations. Privately employed engineers may monitor companies' emissions for certain targeted pollutants to ensure that they are within acceptable levels. Air quality engineers who work in research seek ways to combat or avoid air pollution. There areĀ 55,100 environmental engineers, including air quality engineers, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Air Pollution Control Engineers
Duties Develop techniques to analyze and control air pollution
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Scientific
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Manager
  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Air Pollution Technician