Environmental engineers use scientific principles (related to engineering, biology, chemistry) to analyze environmental problems and develop solutions. They often work on issues related to public health, pollution control, recycling, and waste disposal.
A four-year bachelor's degree in environmental, civil, or chemical engineering (or a related field) is likely required to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.
Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Environmental engineers should continue to be needed to help utility companies and water treatment plants comply with federal or state environmental regulations, such as regulations regarding emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Environmental engineers work in a variety of settings because of the nature of the tasks they do. When they are working with other engineers and urban and regional planners, environmental engineers are likely to be in offices. When they are carrying out solutions through construction projects, they are likely to be at construction sites.