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SOC: 17-2081 Environmental Engineers
Design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental health hazards utilizing various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.
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Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Design or supervise the design of systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality. Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment. Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems. Obtain, update, or maintain plans, permits, or standard operating procedures. Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements. Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability. Prepare, review, or update environmental investigation or recommendation reports. Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $24.16   Entry $50,270.00
Mean $40.55   Mean $84,341.00
Experience $48.74 Experience $101,377.00

The data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2017.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2014Projected Employment 2024Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
75081025.77
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