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Library Building, Room 429 & 430
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Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Water Pollution Control Inspector
|Overview:||Water pollution inspectors study sites where runoff water is discharged in state controlled streams, rivers, coastlines and reservoirs. They test for contaminants in sewage treatment sites, farm runoff, mobile parks, etc. and order offenders to correct contamination sources.|
|Duties:||They conduct studies and analyze the run-off and drainage patterns for water that contain chemicals, toxic substances, or bacteria that are harmful to plant and animal life.
They use aerial photographic methods to identify the sources of contaminated or polluted waters. May place dyes in waters of suspected sources.
They conduct chemical analyses to isolate different types of water contaminants and their potential sources such as animal farms, residential septic systems and factory wastes discharges.
Recommend to government agencies what steps must be taken to reduce water contamination in specified areas. They may focus on specific regions such as lowlands lakes, rivers, reservoirs, etc.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Environmental Science
|Job Outlook:||Employment of water pollution control inspectors is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 spurred by a growing population and increase in number of people in the suburbs.|
|Starting Salary:||Average annual starting salary in government positions is somewhat higher than in private consulting firms.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$30,000 to $35,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate or bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, hydrology, biology, or geology is the usual background required for this occupation. Courses in chemistry, aquatic biology and computer applications are essential. Most private environmental engineering consulting firms prefer applicants with a master's degree.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
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.