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Environmental Science and Protection Technician

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Associate's Degree

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Nature of the Work

Environmental science and protection technicians typically:

  • Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution. 
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results. 
  • Develop or implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation. 
  • Discuss test results and analyses with customers. 
  • Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment. 
  • Maintain files, such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information, or diagrams showing equipment locations. 
  • Develop testing procedures or direct activities of workers in laboratory. 
  • Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis. 
  • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments. 
  • Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.

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Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.