Environmental Engineer

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Duties & Responsibilites

Environmental Engineers help to improve and develop solutions to environmental problems. They try to help improve recycling, public health, and control of water and air pollution. They also help global issues such as safe drinking water, climate change, and sustainability.


  • Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation reports
  • Analyze data and do quality-control checks
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs
  • Provide technical support for remediation projects and legal actions
  • Advise government agencies about procedures for cleaning up contaminated sites

Education Needed

In order to become an Environmental Engineer, you at least need a Bachelors in Environmental Engineering or a related field such as civil, mechanical, or chemistry. To get employed, employers like if they have experience in that field of study. Receiving a graduate degree allows engineers to become an instructor at colleges and do research. Engineers are then encouraged to continue their studies and receiving a license in Professional Engineering (PE).

Schools that offer this major:

Bradley University

University of Illinois


Important qualities that are needed for an Environmental Engineer are:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Reading-comprehension skills
  • System Analysis
  • Teamwork

Growth and Opportunities

Employment for Environmental Engineers is said to grow 22% until the year 2020, making it the fastest growing of all occupations. It is the fastest growing occupation because governments are worried about water and air supply and quality, and how to dispose of waste products properly.

Environmental Engineering doesn't stop at getting a license. After that, engineers can earn a certification from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. This certification shows that they are experts on certain areas of this field. From there, the more knowledge and experience they gain, they can move onto bigger projects and constructing some of their own. Engineers may eventually be able to manage a group of engineers for a certain project or manage a company.