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what exactly does an environmental engineer do?

everyone says its a whole new field of work for the new gen, and im interested in it. im in high school right now, going to be a senior. and ive sort of been looking into doing something with the environment in mind, does anyone know exactly what they do? and if they do any good colleges for it? please help is much appreciated

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  • 9 years ago
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    There are a number of jobs within the realm of Engineering that will get you outside. Environmental Engineers can deal with anything from air pollution controls to waste water/drinking water treatment facilities. Typically, if you are not a researcher, you'll be in an office setting working with a team for most of the time.

    Your best bet is to aim at Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, or Civil Engineering. With Geotech, there is a good chance you can be outside a good portion of the time with site inspections and logging soil borings. Water resources involves anything from stream/river/wetland restoration projects to designing stormwater conveyance systems and ponds; you'll get to inspect your designs during construction.

    Civil Engineering with an emphasis in construction observation/oversight will eventually get you outside. You'll be on any given job site most of the time; however you'll need to have experience. Getting that experience might mean working inside initially.

    At the end of the day, it all depends on the company and position you choose. Some companies in Environmental have jobs where you travel 80% of the time to sell Environmental Engineering products. Your ultimate decision should be based on your passions and interests. You can expect to earn from 32k-42k right out of school, getting up to 65k with 8-10yrs of experience.

    Source(s): my friend is an environmental engineer.
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