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Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineers work on projects that seek to maintain and improve the quality of our environment and protect human health.

The demand for Environmental Engineers is expected to grow at a much faster rate than other occupations. If you have a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, and physics, combined with a well-rounded set of environmental engineering courses, and an internship while in college, you can expect to make very good money while doing something that benefits society.


Representative Job Titles and Area of Specialization
 

* See Training section


Nature of the Work

Travel and field work are necessary for Environmental Engineers to solve problems related to the environment.They study and develop strategies to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. They analyze field data to assess environmental impacts of pollution and conduct research to develop new technologies.As consultants, Environmental Engineers may help their clients comply with environmental regulations or deal with manufacturing issues such as hazardous waste disposal.


Places of Employment
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Air Quality Manager
  • Water Quality Engineer
  • Environmental Designer or Planner
  • Civil Engineer
  • Water Treatment Manager
  • Hazardous Waste Engineer
  • Environmental consulting businesses
  • Electrical and electronics industries
  • Engineering firms
  • Research and development entities
  • Automobile industry
  • Energy & natural resources companies
  • Industrial materials & manufacturing firms
  • Solid Waste or Sanitary Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Assistant or Associate Engineer
  • Pollution Control Engineer
  • Environmental Program Manager
  • Hydrological Engineer
  • Professor/Teacher *
  • Management & public relations services
  • Transportation industry
  • Universities and colleges
  • Local/state/federal governmental agencies
  • Testing laboratories
  • Aerospace industry

Training

Some entry-level positions in Environmental Engineering may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

A Ph.D. is usually required to work in research laboratories, but there are some opportunities for those with a master's degree. If you are considering a career in teaching and research at a university, you will need a Ph.D.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Environmental Engineers will need to obtain a professional engineering license from the appropriate state agency in order to advance in their careers. Certification by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers in an environmental engineering specialty may also be to your advantage. For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.


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