What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Develops solutions to environmental problems using engineering, biology, chemistry, and geology. Addresses pollution control, waste disposal, recycling, or public health issues. Works on local environmental issues, such as polluted groundwater, or global or regional issues, such as acid rain. Works with environmental scientists and public policymakers to identify problems and develop technologies that benefit people and protect the environment.
There were 706 Environmental Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 22585 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Environmental Engineer industry, which includes the Environmental Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Environmental Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,385.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $65,349.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Environmental Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $54,611.
Education and Experience
Posted Environmental Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Environmental Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||32%|
|3 to 5 years||41%|
|6 to 8 years||13%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Environmental Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (45%)
- Planning (23%)
- Microsoft Excel (19%)
- Writing (19%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Environmental Engineering (45%)
- Project Management (30%)
- Budgeting (22%)
- Environmental Science (17%)
- Environmental Laws and Regulations (14%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Scheduling (18%)
- Occupational Health and Safety (14%)
- Customer Contact (10%)
- Customer Service (10%)
- Hazardous Waste (10%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Site Investigations (6%)
- Water Quality (6%)
- Geology (5%)
- Environmental Remediation (5%)
- Remediation Systems (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Environmental Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Environmental Project Manager
- Senior Environmental Engineer
- Environmental Coordinator
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Water / Wastewater Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Environmental Planner / Scientist
- Environmental Engineering Technician
- Health and Safety Engineer
- Transportation Engineer
- Civil Engineering Manager
- Environmental Compliance Specialist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Environmental Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Republic Services Incorporated (1203)
- Target (722)
- CDM Smith (563)
- AECOM Technology Corporation (521)
- Environmental Protection Agency (417)
- Republic Services Incorporated (54)
- AECOM Technology Corporation (24)
- Environmental Protection Agency (22)
- The Kleinfelder Group, Inc (19)
- Target (19)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
- Agriculture Data Science Graduate Certificates
- Biological and Agricultural Engineering Master's Degrees
- Climate Adaptation Graduate Certificates
- Environmental Engineering Master's Degrees
- Watershed Assessment and Restoration Graduate Certificates
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