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Fall 2001 Vol. 45, Number 3

Environmental engineers

Safeguarding our planet’s resources is their occupational aim.


Some workers get dirty to keep the environment clean. Environmental engineers are among those who get to the bottom—sometimes literally—of all types of problems afflicting the environment. Using theories they have learned, samples they have taken, and results they have analyzed, environmental engineers are at the forefront of environmental protection.

Not all environmental engineering tasks are mired in muck, however. Research, design, project management, and other responsibilities demand much of an environmental engineer’s attention.

This article will highlight what makes environmental engineers champions of clean. It describes their duties, employment and job outlook, earnings, and education and training requirements. Sources of additional information are provided at the end.

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Last Updated: December 06, 2001