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Environmental Engineering Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with environmental engineers and scientists to implement strategies to protect the environment and mitigate environmental pollution. Addresses hazardous waste disposal, air quality and ground water treatment; conducts lab and field research, monitors compliance with environmental regulations.

Job Outlook

There were 16 Environmental Engineering Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 337 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Environmental Engineering Technician industry, which includes the Environmental Engineering Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Environmental Engineering Technician 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 $57,609.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $60,752.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Environmental Engineering Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $42,565.

Education and Experience

Posted Environmental Engineering Technician 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 Degree9%
Bachelor's Degree45%
Master's Degree18%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other28%

Posted Environmental Engineering Technician 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 years55%
3 to 5 years30%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years7%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Environmental Engineering Technician 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%)
  • Writing (25%)
  • Microsoft Excel (23%)
  • Detail-Oriented (20%)
  • Problem Solving (20%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Environmental Engineering (46%)
  • Project Management (24%)
  • Air Permitting (15%)
  • Air Emissions (15%)
  • Air Pollution Control (15%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Budgeting (18%)
  • Repair (18%)
  • Calculation (18%)
  • Environmental Science (18%)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Environmental Regulations (6%)
  • Environmental Compliance Audits (6%)
  • Environmental Consulting (5%)
  • Groundwater Sampling (5%)
  • Water Quality (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Environmental Regulations (6%) – marginal value $1,953
  • Wastewater Treatment (3%) – marginal value $1,782
  • Pollution Prevention (1%) – marginal value $1,650
  • Environmental Laws and Regulations (8%) – marginal value $1,595

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Environmental Engineering Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Air Quality Control Engineer
  • Technician I - Air
  • Senior Air Quality Control Engineer
  • Roadway Programs Technician
  • Field Technician

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 Engineering Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Total Safety Incorporated (24)
  • Ghd Incorporated (13)
  • Geosyntec Consultants (12)
  • Environmental Resources Management (6)
  • Granite School District (6)

North Carolina

  • Research Triangle Institute (4)
  • Rti International (4)
  • 3M Company (2)
  • Environmental Consulting (2)
  • North Carolina State University (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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