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Environmental engineering careers

As a student who graduates with a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences and focuses on environmental engineering, you might explore entry-level positions like water or air quality analyst, field engineer, environmental health and safety specialist, or assistant project manager. Initially, you’ll often work in collaboration with more experienced engineers on field site projects, collecting data or conducting environmental assessments. As you gain practical on-the-job experience or decide to earn an advanced degree, which may be required for some positions, you can pursue job opportunities at many types of organizations that hire environmental engineers.

Where do environmental engineers work?

  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Engineering and construction companies
  • Government agencies
  • Energy companies
  • Water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Manufacturing and industrial companies
  • Research and development organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Urban planning and architecture firms

What do environmental engineers do?

  • Conduct environmental assessments (air, water, soil) to understand the impact of humans on the environment.
  • Improve the management of natural resources and minimize the environmental impact of construction and industrial projects.
  • Improve water management systems, including projects that involve safe drinking water, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.
  • Analyze and control air pollution by monitoring air quality and working with private industry on solutions to keep emissions to a minimum.
  • Respond to environmental contamination, including hazardous waste sites or industrial spills.
  • Develop sustainable energy and resource strategies, including solar and wind power, recycling programs, waste reduction.
  • Perform research and development on new technologies and ways to prevent pollution, enable sustainable energy and conserve resources.