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Industrial Air Pollution Analyst

Overview: Air analysts study samples of air in industrial establishments, business and residential settings to determine the quality of the air and the amount and kind of foreign particles or gases in the air. They evaluate methods to screen out pollutants hazardous to people, animals and plants.
Duties: They test air by collecting dust then analyzing the collected particles such as metal, rock, wood and coal dust to assure the air is not harmful to workers' health.

They compare weight of particles with the volume of air passed through dust machines and determine percentage of dust particles per cubic foot using mathematical and chemical formulas.

Analyze gas composition of air collected within or surrounding a factory or production plant to assure the air is not contaminated with harmful products.

They make recommendations for eliminating harmful gases and particles by proposing filters, ventilation or changes in production processes.

Degree(s): A.S. Environmental Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of industrial air pollution analysts is expected to increase faster than average through 2018. Those with graduate degrees should enjoy better prospects than those with only a bachelor’s degree. There will continue to be demand for atmospheric scientists to analyze and monitor the dispersion of pollutants into the air to ensure compliance with Federal environmental regulations.
Salary Range (National Average): $36,000 to $40,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A college degree in chemistry or health sciences is the usual educational background required for this occupation. A bachelor's degree or Master's will enhance promotion opportunities. Courses in occupational safety, environmental health, statistics and computer applications will strengthen your credentials.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.

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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.