Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

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About the Job

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

It is also Called

  • Water Treatment Specialist
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Water Quality Analyst
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Water Analyst
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Chemist
  • Wastewater Analyst
  • Waste/Materials Exchange Specialist
  • Waste Minimization Technician

What They Do

  • Monitor emission control devices to ensure they are operating properly and are in compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Develop or implement site recycling or hazardous waste stream programs.
  • Analyze potential environmental impacts of production process changes and recommend steps to mitigate negative impacts.
  • Initiate procedures to close down or fine establishments violating environmental or health regulations.
  • Distribute permits, closure plans, or cleanup plans.
  • Inspect workplaces to ensure the absence of health and safety hazards, such as high noise levels, radiation, or potential lighting hazards.
  • Inspect sanitary conditions at public facilities.
  • Determine amounts and kinds of chemicals to use in destroying harmful organisms or removing impurities from purification systems.
  • Respond to and investigate hazardous conditions or spills, or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
  • Perform statistical analysis of environmental data.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Support and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $46,930 with most people making between $26,460 and $75,610

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 800 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 800 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately 40 job openings annually.