Environmental Science Technicians

Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination. They inspect businesses and public places and investigate complaints related to air quality, water quality, and food safety. They may be involved with the enforcement of environmental regulations.

If you have integrity, dependability, pay attention to detail, exhibit analytical thinking, initiative, and are adaptable and flexible, this occupation may be just right for you.

They perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialists. They may collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians also discuss test results and analyses with customers and record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results. In addition, they develop or implement programs for monitoring environmental pollution or radiation.

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree or two years of postsecondary education, although some positions require a bachelor’s degree.

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