Environmental Technician

Occupation Information table
Overview: Environmental technicians conduct field and laboratory tests to measure pollutants. Tests are done using pH meters, microscopes, and electronic and chemical sensitive instruments. Samples from streams, industrial waste water, soil and air are collected and analyzed.
Duties: They conduct laboratory tests and field research studies to collect data for determining sources and methods of controlling pollutants in air, water and soil. They use statistical analyses.

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to determine composition of solid, liquid and gaseous materials collected from industrial and residential pollution sources.

They collect gas samples from smokestacks to identify sources of atmosphere pollutants. Collect water samples from streams, lakes or water from sewage or industrial waste processing systems.

They install automated monitoring equipment to measure the ability of streams, rivers and oceans to flush out pollutants. They also monitor harmful gases in the earth's atmosphere.

Degree(s): A.S. Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 9% to 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree in environmental engineering with courses in ecology, natural resource managment and environmental management is required for this occupation. A knowledge of computer applications is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.