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As Many Industries Play a Role in Our Environment...
Environmental Engineers Play a Role in Many Industries.
Environmental engineers work to develop solutions for environmental problems using biology and chemistry. Increasing public health awareness is shifting efforts more and more toward problem prevention and is expected to increase demand for environmental engineers.
Opportunities exist in many environmental fields related to research, design, planning, consulting, testing, and government regulations. The Gulf Coast Region's high concentrations of chemical and petrochemical manufacturing companies, large water supplies and resources, wastewater facilities, solid waste management facilities, and ever increasing land, air and sea transportation activity will continue to drive local demand for environmental engineers.
Some of the many specialties available are related to:
- Air Pollution
- Industrial Hygiene
- Radiation Protection
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Toxic Materials Control
- Water Supply
- Wastewater Management
- Storm Water Management
- Site Remediation
- Solid Waste Disposal
- Public Health Land
Environmental Engineers in the Gulf Coast Region expected to grow by 29 percent over 10 years!
Environmental Engineers earn comfortable salaries, nearly twice the region's median annual wage for all occupations.
Environmental Engineering opportunities are available in many industries.
Would this career suit you?
These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as an envireonmental engineer. The following data describes the relative importance of each knowledge/skill area from the opinion of those in the industry.
Engineering & Technology
Knowing practical applications of engineering sciences and applying them to the production of various technologies for consumption and services.
Knowledge of chemical compounds, including their construction, structure, properties, transformations, danger signs, interactions, and disposal methods in relation to the environment.
Knowing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and their theories to apply them to real world problems.
Law & Government
Knowing or knowing where to find the information about legal guidelines that must be following in engineering and construction.
*Source: Texas Career Check.
Plan Early to Become an Environmental Engineer.
HIgh School Endorsement: STEM
Students should strive for the highest GPA possible to provide them with the edge needed for acceptance into an engineering program. High school preparation should encompass chemistry, physics, mathematics and science.
Pathway to Becoming an Environmental Engineer
There are two common pathways for entering the field of environmental engineering:
- A Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering or related field (civil, chemical, or mechanical engineering depending on the nature of the position sought)
- A Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering
More and more employers are seeking candidates with a master's degree. Specific education backgrounds desired by employers are determined by the field of work for the job opening. Some positions require a professional engineering license.
You can get a professional engineer (P.E.) license in Texas with:
- a bachelor's degree from a program approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- four years of experience working under a licensed Professional Engineer
- and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination
Licensing and Certifications
Licenses and certifications can indicate better skill or knowledge levels that can lead to career advancement or pay increases.
- The American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) was created to serve the public by improving the practice, elevating the standards, and advancing public recognition of environmental engineering through a program of specialty certification of qualified engineers.
- The National Society of Professional Engineers provides information for professional engineer licensure.
- The Texas Board of Professional Engineers regulates and licenses professional engineering in Texas.
Helpful Tech Skills
- Analytical and Scientific Software: MATLAB
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software: Autodesk AutoCAD, Bentley Microstation, or SofTech CADRA
- Development & Coding: C++ or Python
- Project Management Software: Microsoft Project
- Presentation Software: Microsoft PowerPoint
Gulf Coast Region Environmental Engineering Programs
- Prairie View A&M University
- Rice University
- Sam Houston State University
- Texas Southern University
- University of Houston
- University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston
Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region
- Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals
- BASF Corporation
- Bayer Corporation
- BP Amoco Chemical Co.
- The Dow Chemical Company
- E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.
- Equistar Chemicals, LP
- ExxonMobil Chemical
- INEOS Olefins and Polymers, USA
- Shell Deer Park Chemical
- Texas Petrochemicals LP
- Union Pacific
- Valero Refining
- Waste Management Inc.
Other Employer Sources
*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.