Environmental Engineers

Environmental engineers design, build, and maintain systems to control waste streams produced by municipalities or private industry. Such waste streams may be wastewater, solid waste, hazardous waste, or contaminated emissions to the atmosphere (air pollution). Some environmental engineers study ways to minimize the effects of automobile emissions, acid rain, global warming, and ozone depletion. Environmental engineers typically are employed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by private industry, or by engineering consulting firms. There are approximately 50,850 environmental engineers employed in the United States. Environmental engineers may also be known as public health engineers, sanitary engineers, and waste management engineers.


Quick Facts
Duties Design, build, and maintain systems to control waste streams produced by municipalities or private industry
Alternate Title(s) Public Health Engineers, Sanitary Engineers, and Waste Management Engineers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience The completion of at least one internship is recommended
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Manager or Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Experienced Environmental Engineer
  • Junior Engineer or Environmental Technician