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As Many Industries Play a Role in Our Environment...
Environmental Engineers Play a Role in Many Industries.

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. 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 lead to strong demand for environmental engineers in the Gulf Coast region. 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
  • Management

Environmental Engineers in the Gulf Coast Region expected to grow by 29 percent over 10 years!

The number of environmental engineers in the Gulf Coast region is expected to grow by 28.6 percent over 10 years!


Environmental Engineers earn comfortable salaries, nearly twice the region's median annual wage for all occupations.

Environmental engineers earn a comfortable salary, more than twice the region's average annual wage for all occupations


Environmental Engineering opportunities are available in many industries.

Environmental engineering opportunities are available in many industries, mostly in Architectural and Engineering Services


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.

        90.4% 

Engineering & Technology

Knowing practical applications of engineering sciences and applying them to the production of various technologies for consumption and services.

        87.4%

Chemistry

Knowledge of chemical compounds, including their construction, structure, properties, transformations, danger signs, interactions, and disposal methods in relation to the environment.

        87.4%

Mathematics

Knowing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and their theories to apply them to real world problems.

         82.4%

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

Pathway to Becoming an Environmental Engineer  Tere 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. 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:


Licensing and Certifications

Licenses and certifications can indicate better skill or knowledge levels that can lead to career advancement or pay increases.


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

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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