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Level). In some private manufacturing or consulting firms, technician positions are used for training newly recruited professional staff. In such cases, workers with four-year degrees in engineering or physical science are likely to be promoted before those with two-year degrees. Employees of government agencies usually are organized under civil service systems that specify experience, education, and Environmental Technicians 45 other criteria for advancement. Private industry promotions are structured differently and will depend on a variety of factors.

Additional certification is voluntary and may be obtained through such organizations as the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Other Requirements Environmental engineers must like solving problems and have a good background in science and math. ” Engineers must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with a variety of people from both technical and nontechnical backgrounds. EXPLORING A good way to explore becoming an environmental engineer is to talk to someone in the field. Contact your local EPA office, check the Yellow Pages for environmental consulting firms in your area, or ask a local industrial company if you can visit.

Fringe benefits vary widely depending on the employer. State EPA jobs may include, for example, two weeks of vacation, health insurance, tuition reimbursement, use of company vehicles for work, and similar perks. In-house or consulting positions may add additional benefits to lure top candidates. WORK ENVIRONMENT Environmental engineers split their time between working in an office and working out in the field. They may also spend time in courtrooms. Since ongoing education is crucial in most of these positions, engineers must attend training sessions and workshops and study new regulations, techniques, and problems.

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