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Working As An Environmental Coordinator

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Coordinator Do

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control. They also address global issues, such as unsafe drinking water, climate change, and environmental sustainability.

Duties

Environmental engineers typically do the following:

  • Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation reports
  • Design projects that lead to environmental protection, such as water reclamation facilities, air pollution control systems, and operations that convert waste to energy
  • Obtain, update, and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation projects and for legal actions
  • Analyze scientific data and do quality-control checks
  • Monitor the progress of environmental improvement programs
  • Inspect industrial and municipal facilities and programs in order to ensure compliance with environmental regulations
  • Advise corporations and government agencies about procedures for cleaning up contaminated sites

Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of a hazard and advise on treating and containing it. They also design systems for municipal and industrial water supplies and industrial wastewater treatment, and research the environmental impact of proposed construction projects. Environmental engineers in government develop regulations to prevent mishaps.

Some environmental engineers study ways to minimize the effects of acid rain, climate change, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They also collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, and other engineers, as well as with specialists such as experts in law and business, to address environmental problems and environmental sustainability. For more information, see the job profiles on environmental scientists and specialists, hazardous materials removal workers, lawyers, and urban and regional planners.

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How To Become An Environmental Coordinator

Environmental engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering or a related field, such as civil, chemical, or general engineering. Employers also value practical experience. Therefore, cooperative engineering programs, in which college credit is awarded for structured job experience, are valuable as well.

Education

Entry-level environmental engineering jobs require a bachelor’s degree. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

At some colleges and universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some colleges and universities or to do research and development, and some employers prefer candidates to have a master’s degree.

Students interested in becoming an environmental engineer should take high school courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and math, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Many engineering programs are accredited by ABET. Some employers prefer to hire candidates who have graduated from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary for a person to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Imagination. Environmental engineers sometimes have to design systems that will be part of larger ones. They must be able to foresee how the proposed designs will interact with other components of the larger system, including the workers, machinery, and equipment, as well as with the environment.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental engineers must be able to work with others toward a common goal. They usually work with engineers and scientists who design other systems and with the technicians and mechanics who put the designs into practice.

Problem-solving skills. When designing facilities and processes, environmental engineers strive to solve several issues at once, from workers’ safety to environmental protection. They must be able to identify and anticipate problems in order to prevent losses for their employers, safeguard workers’ health, and mitigate environmental damage.

Reading skills. Environmental engineers often work with businesspeople, lawyers, and other professionals outside their field. They frequently are required to read and understand documents with topics outside their scope of training.

Writing skills. Environmental engineers must be able to write clearly so that others without their specific training can understand their plans, proposals, specifications, findings, and other documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an environmental engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require continuing education in order for engineers to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own requirements.

After licensing, environmental engineers can earn board certification from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. This certification shows that an environmental engineer has expertise in one or more areas of specialization.

Advancement

As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects and they have greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Eventually, environmental engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a team of engineers and technicians.

Some may even become engineering managers or move into executive positions, such as program managers. However, before assuming a managerial position, an engineer most often works under the supervision of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Environmental Coordinator Career Paths

Environmental Coordinator
Environmental Manager Environmental Health Safety Manager EHS Manager
HSE Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Store Manager Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Compliance Manager
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Quality Manager Compliance Manager
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Program Director Quality Assurance Director
Regulatory Affairs Director
12 Yearsyrs
Environmental Manager Environmental Health Safety Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Food And Beverage Manager Housekeeping Manager
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Unit Manager Section Manager
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Safety Specialist Safety Consultant
Loss Control Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Environmental Specialist Environmental Scientist
Senior Scientist, Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
EHS Coordinator 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Environmental Coordinator
Internship 10.9%
Supervisor 4.7%
Manager 3.8%
Technician 3.2%
Top Careers After Environmental Coordinator
Manager 6.7%
Consultant 4.4%
Owner 3.6%
Supervisor 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$71,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
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$71,000
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$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$102,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does an Environmental Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Environmental Coordinator in the United States is $71,563 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

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Top Skills for An Environmental Coordinator

  1. Environmental Compliance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in the auditing of facilities for quality, health and safety and environmental compliance to regulatory requirements and company policies
  • Complied with prescribed safety procedures and/or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods.
  • Directed environmental inspection team to ensure compliance measures and requirements were interpreted, understood and executed consistently.
  • Evaluated exposure information not specifically covered by health standards or unusual hazards from unique research procedures or combination of hazardous materials.
  • Manage the participation in OSHA inspections, providing inspectors with appropriate documents and identifying safety measures.

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Top 10 Best States for Environmental Coordinators

  1. Idaho
  2. South Dakota
  3. Washington
  4. Alaska
  5. Wyoming
  6. District of Columbia
  7. California
  8. Nevada
  9. New Mexico
  10. Montana
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Environmental Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

58.7%

Female

32.3%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

8.9%

German

6.7%

Dakota

4.4%

Portuguese

2.2%

Hawaiian

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Cherokee

2.2%

Norwegian

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Environmental Coordinator Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

20.8%

Texas A&M University

9.5%

University of Phoenix

7.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Community College of the Air Force

5.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

University of Central Missouri

4.8%

West Virginia University

4.8%

University of Denver

3.9%

Murray State University

3.5%

Texas State University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.0%

Michigan Technological University

3.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.0%

Old Dominion University

3.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.0%

Michigan State University

2.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.6%

Florida State University

2.6%
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Majors

Environmental Science

19.0%

Business

16.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

8.0%

Biology

7.0%

Public Health

5.3%

Management

5.1%

Occupational Safety And Health

5.0%

Geology

4.6%

Chemistry

4.4%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Chemical Engineering

3.3%

Environmental Engineering

2.7%

Civil Engineering

2.3%

Law

2.2%

Geography

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Education

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Political Science

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

26.2%

Other

16.0%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.4%
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