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Become An Environmental Health Aide

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Working As An Environmental Health Aide

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • $32,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Health Aide Do

Environmental engineering technicians carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop.

Duties

Environmental engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Set up, test, operate, and modify equipment used to prevent or clean up environmental pollution
  • Maintain project records and computer program files
  • Conduct pollution surveys, for which they collect and analyze samples such as air and ground water
  • Perform indoor and outdoor work on environmental quality
  • Work to mitigate sources of environmental pollution
  • Review technical documents to ensure their completeness and conformance to requirements
  • Review work plans to schedule activities
  • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, and other hazardous materials

In laboratories, environmental engineering technicians record observations, test results, and document photographs. To keep laboratories supplied, they also may gather product information, identify vendors and suppliers, and order materials and equipment.

Environmental engineering technicians help environmental engineers develop devices used to clean up environmental pollution. They also inspect facilities for compliance with the regulations that govern substances such as asbestos, lead, and wastewater.

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How To Become An Environmental Health Aide

Environmental engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental engineering technology or a related field.

Education

Environmental engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental engineering technology or a related field. Programs in environmental engineering technology generally include courses in mathematics, chemistry, hazardous waste management, and environmental assessment, among others.  

Programs can be found in vocational-technical schools and community colleges. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in vocational-technical schools but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some environmental engineering technicians enter the occupation with a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, such as biology or chemistry.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs at the associate’s level and above.

Prospective engineering technicians should take as many high school science and math courses as possible to prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. When working on teams, environmental engineering technicians must be able to listen well and report back to their group or team leader.

Critical-thinking skills. Environmental engineers rely on environmental engineering technicians to help identify problems and solutions and to implement the engineers’ plans. To do these tasks, technicians must be able to think critically and logically.

Observational skills. Environmental engineering technicians are the eyes and ears of environmental engineers and must assume responsibility for properly evaluating situations onsite. These technicians must be able to recognize problems so that the environmental engineers are informed as quickly as possible.

Reading skills. Environmental engineering technicians must be able to read and understand legal and technical documents in order to ensure that regulatory requirements are being met.

Advancement

Environmental engineering technicians usually begin work as trainees in entry-level positions supervised by an environmental engineer or a more experienced technician. As they gain experience, technicians take on more responsibility and carry out assignments under general supervision. Some eventually enter positions as senior environmental technicians or lead environmental technicians, who function as supervisors when onsite.

Technicians with a bachelor’s degree often are able to advance to become environmental engineers.

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Top Skills for An Environmental Health Aide

  1. Patient Rooms
  2. Emergency Room
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cleaned, dusted and serviced patient rooms, bathrooms, restroom, nurse station and other Hospital and Care Center areas.
  • Maintain a clean environment for the Emergency Room, sterilize patient rooms.
  • Provided customer service under high-stress situations.
  • Assist in patient Care (housekeeping) Picking up gowns, changing bedding, sheets and any used garments.
  • Educated in the proper disposal of bio-hazardous materials and hospital safety.

Environmental Health Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

56.3%

Male

26.6%

Unknown

17.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.4%

Portuguese

9.5%

French

9.5%

Akan

4.8%

Vietnamese

4.8%

Ukrainian

4.8%

Somali

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Polish

4.8%
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Environmental Health Aide Education

Schools

University of Akron

11.2%

Washtenaw Community College

11.2%

Essex County College

8.2%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

7.1%

Stark State College

7.1%

The Academy

6.1%

Eastern Michigan University

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Shasta College

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.1%

Ashford University

4.1%

Herzing University

4.1%

University of Florida

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

3.1%

Everest College - Newport News

3.1%

Florida Technical College

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%

University of Alaska Anchorage

3.1%

Kean University

3.1%

Umpqua Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

12.9%

Health Care Administration

12.2%

Nursing

9.9%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Medical Assisting Services

6.8%

General Studies

5.7%

Psychology

5.3%

Environmental Science

4.6%

Human Services

4.2%

Education

3.8%

Nursing Assistants

3.8%

Public Health

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Biology

2.7%

Elementary Education

2.7%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Computer Science

2.3%

Cosmetology

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

39.3%

Bachelors

21.0%

Associate

16.6%

Certificate

8.3%

Diploma

6.9%

Masters

5.8%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.9%
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