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A bachelor's in environmental engineering is ideal, but related engineering degrees -- mechanical, chemical, civil -- are desirable too. Consulting firms tend to look for a master's in environmental engineering.

Job Duties

As quality standards get stricter, demand is growing for environmental engineers to help sample, analyze and design treatment systems for air, water and soil. Companies trying to meet these tougher standards also are hiring environmental engineers as consultants.

Selling Points

At a time when so many are worried about climate change, the job is a hands-on way to help improve the environment, one Superfund site at a time. Environmental engineers may choose to tackle larger issues such as global warming or focus on cleaning up a local site or contamination.


The pay is anywhere from $82,000 to $117,000.