The environmental services industry is a rapidly growing field with many career opportunities in the local workforce. Careers include waste water treatment operators, wind turbine technicians or environmental engineers. Training for these positions can take as little as a couple months. As science and technology continue to advance, this field will continue to grow and evolve. Establishing yourself in this field now, will make adapting to advancements and improvements much easier in the future.
Job Outlook for Environmental Engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
State and local governments’ concerns about water are leading to efforts to increase the efficiency of water use. This focus differs from that of wastewater treatment, for which this occupation is traditionally known.
The requirement by the federal government to clean up contaminated sites is expected to help sustain demand for these engineers’ services, particularly those who work for the government sector. In addition, wastewater treatment is becoming a larger concern in areas of the country where new methods of drilling for shale gas require the use and disposal of massive volumes of water. Environmental engineers will continue to be needed to help utilities and water treatment plants comply with any new federal or state environmental regulations.
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Skills required will vary by the specialty selected. Click on the links below to learn more about the specific skills required for each career choice. Successful professionals in this field have many of the following skills:
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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