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Environmental Engineer

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.

Job Outlook

There were 291 Environmental Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 9935 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 2004:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $72,420.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $72,061.

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 $61,249.

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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree65%
Master's Degree33%
Doctoral Degree2%
Other0%

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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years28%
3 to 5 years40%
6 to 8 years14%
9+ years18%

Skills

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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (44%)
  • Planning (25%)
  • Writing (23%)
  • Microsoft Excel (21%)
  • Microsoft Office (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Environmental Engineering (54%)
  • Project Management (32%)
  • Budgeting (24%)
  • Environmental Science (20%)
  • Professional Engineer (17%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (15%)
  • AutoCAD (10%)
  • Hazardous Waste (10%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Geology (6%)
  • Site Investigations (6%)
  • Environmental Remediation (6%)
  • Hydrology (5%)
  • Water Quality (5%)

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
  • Environmental Coordinator
  • Environmental Professional
  • Senior Environmental Engineer

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Environmental Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • CDM Smith (309)
  • Tetra Tech (188)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (160)
  • Arcadis (135)
  • Burns & McDonnell (123)

North Carolina

  • CDM Smith (11)
  • Civil Environmental Consultants (7)
  • John Davenport Engineering (6)
  • Unavailable (6)
  • Burns & McDonnell (5)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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