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Environmental Engineers Career Video

Description: Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.


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Just about every large-scale human activityhas an impact on the environment.Preventing damage, and managing it when it does occur,is the job of environmental engineers.This is a career that combines practicality and creativityto keep air, soil, and water quality healthy and productive.Environmental engineers use research and design skillsto manage waste treatment and pollution control efforts.They also use a variety of tools, and the latest technology,to find efficient ways to monitor environmental well-being.Since much of their work involves meeting government regulations, environmental engineers need to be experts at requesting permitsand maintaining plans and proceduresthat insure others support the systems they put in place.Environmental engineers divide their workbetween the office and the outdoors.They often do some traveling to collaboratewith scientists and experts in law or business.Many work as consultants to help corporationsand government agencies with cleanup of contaminated sites.A master’s degree in environmental engineeringor a related field is required for some positions,while other positions require only a bachelor’s degree.When this job is done well, the earth gains a little protection,so future generations can enjoy its bounty.