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Environmental Technician

To be a successful Environmental Technician you should…

  • have an ability and a strong interest in science
  • have the ability to follow a problem to conclusion
  • have the ability to work with a variety of people
  • have the ability to work with governmental regulations
  • have the ability to think logically
  • have the ability to speak and write effectively
  • have the ability to exercise patience, flexibility, and a
  • be willing to work in different locations under a variety of conditions

What will my job be like?

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).

Where could I work?

Environmental technicians are employed in air pollution control, waste water treatment, hazardous waste remediation, recycling, solid waste management, and other regulatory and forensic areas.

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

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.

What type of education and/or training do I need?

Environmental technicians earn an associate degree.

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Environmental Management Consultants, Shelton
  • Gateway Community College, New Haven
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson
  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.

Where can I get more information?

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
1615 L Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC    20036
(202) 296-1099

National Environmental Health Association
720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 105A
Denver, CO   80246
(303) 802-2200