The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Environmental engineers conduct studies to determine the best methods to detect and measure the size and severity of pollution sources, and the best approaches to clean up pollutions resulting from oil spills, chemical and air contaminants.|
|Duties:||They perform laboratory and field experiments to create accurate methods for detecting sources of pollution, measuring its intensity & estimating its impact on humans, animals, plants, etc.
They experiment with different methods to clean-up oil spills in oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. and contamination of ground water and soil by chemicals or other waste products from industry & towns.
Advise government agencies, industries & communities about the maximum limits of pollution that can be tolerated by the environment. They recommend pollution standards and guidelines.
They direct and manage the clean-up activities for large scale pollution (oil and chemical spills) into our waters or soil and create recovery plans and actions needed after clean-up.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Environmental Health/Science
A.S. Engineering Science
|Job Outlook:||Employment of environmental engineers will grow much faster than average through 2018. Demand should result from the emphasis on preventing problems as well as increasing public health concerns due to population growth. Workers will be needed to help companies comply with environmental regulations.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$40,000 to $46,000|
|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:||A bachelor's degree in environmental sciences and environmental engineering with courses in ecology, natural resource management and environmental management is required for this occupation. A master's degree will increase your chances for promotion to management positions.|
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.