Environmental Engineer

Career description

Environmental engineers plan projects around their city or state. They understand how to coordinate society's interactions with the environment. As an environmental engineer you have to use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.

Required skills  

Environmental engineers need to have a wide range of skills and abilities. They have to solve complex problems, manage time wisely, and be able to use good judgement. In this career field, you must also be able to think critically.

Educational requirements

To be an environmental engineer you must have a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering or a related field, such as chemical or general engineering. Course work in a 4 year bachelor's program includes mathematics, physics, calculus, biology, chemistry, and general engineering.

Salary expectation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that environmental engineers earned a mean annual salary of $85,520. The top 10% of earners brought in $122,690 or more, while the bottom 10% earned less than $49,730.

Future outlook

The projected growth of careers for future environmental engineers is 15% since 2012. The number of environmental engineer jobs in 2012 was 53,200.

A future in environmental engineering is pretty promising. At a time when so many people are worried about climate change and environmental issues, this job is ideal.

similar careers

A few careers that involve the same skills and educational requirements as being an environmental engineer are being an environmental scientist or specialist, or being an environmental engineering technician.


There are many benefits to being an environmental engineer. The job outlook is higher than a lot of other jobs. It also has indoor and outdoor working environments. It's a really fun job because you get to to work in different places and make money while helping the environment tremendously.

Why this career

I chose this career because environmental engineering has its perks. It pays well and, in my opinion, it seems a lot more interesting than that of other careers where you would need the same amount of education. Being in this career allows you to work on different projects, and I like working on projects, especially if it helps the earth.


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