The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Environmental technicians conduct field and laboratory tests to measure pollutants. Tests are done using pH meters, microscopes, and electronic and chemical sensitive instruments. Samples from streams, industrial waste water, soil and air are collected and analyzed.|
|Duties:||They conduct laboratory tests and field research studies to collect data for determining sources and methods of controlling pollutants in air, water and soil. They use statistical analyses.
Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to determine composition of solid, liquid and gaseous materials collected from industrial and residential pollution sources.
They collect gas samples from smokestacks to identify sources of atmosphere pollutants. Collect water samples from streams, lakes or water from sewage or industrial waste processing systems.
They install automated monitoring equipment to measure the ability of streams, rivers and oceans to flush out pollutants. They also monitor harmful gases in the earth's atmosphere.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Environmental Health
A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology
|Job Outlook:||Employment of environmental technicians is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. These workers will be needed to help regulate waste products, collect air, water and soil samples for measuring pollutants, monitor compliance with environmental regulations, and clean up contaminated sites.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$30,000 to $34,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate degree in environmental engineering with courses in ecology, natural resource managment and environmental management is required for this occupation. A knowledge of computer applications is essential.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.