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What to expect working as environmental engineer?

The career choice that I choose is an #environmental-engineering #engineer #environmental-science environmental engineer and I'm interested in how it would be to work as one.

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Kristen’s Answer

A career as an environmental engineer is a great choice! You will be able to help to keep the planet sustained and livable for the generations to come, all while making a good living.

To become an environmental engineer, you will need to go to school to get a bachelor's degree at the least. A master's would be ideal. Also, you will want to think about getting a Professional Engineer license. This will take you very far!

You could have so many opportunities open to you. You can work on climate change for innovative companies and contracts, for the EPA, as an Environmental, Health, and Safety professional at a business, all sorts of things. Working in Environmental is a very rewarding job because you are making a difference for people today as well as people that will be alive 100 years from now!

In my everyday life I work with hazardous waste management, air quality management, water quality management, and a whole host of other little things related to this. There is never a boring day, I get to be outside plenty, and it's satisfying. Best of luck in your future!

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Marina’s Answer

Hi Scarleth,

I think it's wonderful that you're considering studying and having a career in the environmental field. First of all, because the environmental sector is such a broad field, you may want to start doing some research on the different career paths for environmental engineers. For example, would you prefer to be doing research and development on clean technologies or does helping out companies on how to be more sustainable, sound more appealing to you?

I would suggest that you do an online search on environmental engineering jobs, see what pops up and click on some of the job links that sound interesting to you, so you can get an idea of the sectors that are hiring environmental engineers, as well as what the duties of the jobs entail.

This may get you thinking as to whether you may want to be in consulting or working for a government entity. Or maybe working out in the field and doing research appeal more to you. There are also many corporations that have an in-house environmental engineers or hire an environmental engineering consulting company to help them stay in compliance with environmental laws and regulations, or assist them in being a sustainable company. So environmental jobs are many and are also very diverse. And it might sound overwhelming, but once you start to read up more and talk to professionals in the various fields, you can start to narrow down where you may want to focus on.

Marina recommends the following next steps:

-Research different environmental career paths for engineers
-Speak to professionals in various environmental positions
-Research colleges that offer environmental engineering studies
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