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Environmental Engineering


Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the environment (air, water, and/or land resources), to provide healthy water, air, and land for human habitation and for other organisms, and to remediate polluted sites.

Environmental engineering involves water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues as well as a knowledge of environmental engineering law. It also includes studies on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects.

Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies to evaluate the significance of the such hazards, advise on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. Environmental engineers also design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems as well as being concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues such as the effects of acid rain, ozone depletion, water pollution and air pollution from automobile exhausts and industrial sources.

Careers

Mining and Geological Engineers
Wage: $83,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 10.0%
Self Employed: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Employed Part Time: 5.3%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Environmental Engineers
Wage: $80,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 25.4%
Self Employed: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Employed Part Time: 3.0%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree