Environmental technicians evaluate the economics of recycling and waste disposal options such as incineration, landfilling, and biological degradation. They operate environmental sampling and analysis equipment and understand how such procedures affect the data obtained. They deal with the effects of environmental pollutants and food additives (the prediction of their effects and the efforts to control them).
Environmental technicians are employed in air pollution control, waste water treatment, hazardous waste remediation, recycling, solid waste management, and other regulatory and forensic areas.
Employment of environmental science and protection technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.
About 4,700 openings for environmental science and protection technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Environmental technicians earn an associate degree.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
1615 L Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
National Environmental Health Association
720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 105A
Denver, CO 80246