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The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that employment for environmental engineers will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022. Engineers will be needed to clean up existing hazards and help companies comply with government regulations. Employment will also grow as local and state governments rely on engineers to help increase the efficiency of water use (especially in the Western United States where there are frequent water shortages), and governments at all levels hire engineers to help dispose of the massive amount of wasterwater generated as a result of drilling for shale gas. The shift toward prevention of problems and protecting public health should also create job opportunities.
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