Career Path Forecast
of environmental science and protection technicians is expected to grow
much faster than average, at a rate of 29 percent from 2008 to 2018.
These workers will be
needed to help regulate waste products; to collect air, water, and soil
samples for measuring levels of pollutants; to monitor compliance with
environmental regulations; and to clean up contaminated sites. Most of
this growth is expected to be in firms that assist other companies in
environmental monitoring, management, and regulatory compliance.
In addition to job openings
created by growth, many openings should arise from the need to replace
technicians who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons. Job
opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science
technology programs who are well trained on equipment used in
laboratories or production facilities. As the instrumentation and
techniques used in industrial research, development, and production
become increasingly more complex, employers will seek individuals with
highly developed technical skills.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.