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Employment
Environmental engineers hold about 54,300 jobs in the United States. Almost half worked in professional, scientific, and technical services and about 15,000 were employed in U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies. They are also frequently employed at universities and research firms, government agencies, testing facilities, and also at major corporations.

Environmental Engineers work in a wide variety of industries, including chemical, pharmaceutical, water/wastewater treatment, mining, and manufacturing, and can be involved in hazardous waste remediation, air pollution control, facilities planning, and environmental consulting.

As the trend of regulation changes from pollution cleanup to prevention, environmental engineers will have to shift their focus to public health, an area of growing concern.  But trends in environmental protection and regulation constantly change, so environmental engineers must keep abreast of a range of environmental issues to ensure steady employment.  Political factors also have an impact on the job outlook for environmental engineering employment opportunities; looser environmental regulations would reduce job opportunities, stricter regulations would enhance them.

The following is a partial list of employers of Environmental Engineers:

Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Manufacturing Companies

Other Employers

U.S. Federal Government and State and Local Affiliates

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

 


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