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Environmental Science and Protection Technician

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, are dependable, pay attention to detail, exhibit analytical thinking, take 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 gasses, 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 degree or two years of postsecondary education, although a bachelor’s degree in environmental science may be preferred for some positions.


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Careers in service to our community.

To serve, protect and defend. If you feel called to a career in human and public service, there are many different avenues you can explore. From front line responders and social workers to city planners and environmental scientists, all play a crucial role in the well-being of our communities. For some of these positions, you’ll need a certificate or short-term training, while for others you’ll need more advanced training or a bachelor’s degree.

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Texas Labor Market Information, Texas Workforce Commission. Statewide wages by occupation, 2021. Statewide projections by occupation, 2020-2030.

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