Environmental inspectors, sometimes called environmental compliance inspectors, make sure that companies are following environmental laws and protection standards. They usually work for government agencies and conduct regular audits to make sure that companies are following laws around safe waste disposal and resource use.
During their inspections, environmental inspectors collect and test samples and install machinery that automatically tests facilities such as drainage systems. When they're not in the field, environmental inspectors take care of administrative tasks such as checking company permits and writing reports about their findings. They usually need an extensive background in studying the environment and excellent organizational and communication skills to get to the bottom of potential environmental regulation violations.
Most environmental inspectors have a bachelor's degree in environmental science. However, it is possible to do this job with only a high school diploma and some practical experience. Environmental inspectors earn an average salary of $51,444 a year. However, before they can work as environmental inspectors they usually need some professional experience in manufacturing and compliance, for example as utility inspectors.