FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become An Environmental Science Technician

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As An Environmental Science Technician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • $65,320

    Average Salary

What Does An Environmental Science Technician Do

Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health. In addition, they work to ensure that environmental violations are prevented.

Duties

Environmental science and protection technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect establishments, including public places and businesses, to ensure that there are no environmental, health, or safety hazards
  • Set up and maintain equipment used to monitor pollution levels, such as remote sensors that measure emissions from smokestacks
  • Collect samples of air, soil, water, and other materials for laboratory analysis
  • Clearly label, track, and ensure the integrity of samples being transported to the laboratory
  • Use equipment such as microscopes to evaluate and analyze samples for the presence of pollutants or other contaminants
  • Prepare charts and reports that summarize test results
  • Discuss test results and analyses with clients
  • Verify compliance with regulations to help prevent pollution

Many environmental science and protection technicians work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct the technicians’ work and evaluate their results. In addition, they often work on teams with scientists, engineers, and technicians in other fields to solve complex problems related to environmental degradation and public health. For example, they may work on teams with geoscientists and hydrologists to manage the cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water around an abandoned bomb manufacturing site.

Most environmental science and protection technicians work for state or local governments, testing laboratories, or consulting firms.

In state and local governments, environmental science and protection technicians spend a lot of time inspecting businesses and public places, and investigating complaints related to air quality, water quality, and food safety. Sometimes they may be involved with enforcement of environmental regulations. They may help protect the environment and people’s health by performing environmental impact studies of new construction or by evaluating the environmental health of sites that may contaminate the environment, such as abandoned industrial sites.

Environmental science and protection technicians work in testing laboratories collecting and tracking samples, and performing tests that are often similar to what is done by chemical technicians, biological technicians, or microbiologists. However, the work done by environmental science and protection technicians focuses on topics that are directly related to the environment and how it affects human health.

In consulting firms, environmental science and protection technicians help clients monitor and manage the environment and comply with regulations. For example, they help businesses develop cleanup plans for contaminated sites, and they recommend ways to reduce, control, or eliminate pollution. Also, environmental science and protection technicians conduct feasibility studies for, and monitor the environmental impact of new construction projects.

Environmental science and protection technicians typically specialize in either laboratory testing or in fieldwork and sample collection. However, it is common for laboratory technicians to occasionally collect samples from the field, and for fieldworkers to do some work in a laboratory.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become An Environmental Science Technician

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary education, although some positions may require a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Environmental science and protection technicians typically need an associate’s degree in environmental science, environmental health, public health, or a related degree. Because of the wide range of tasks, environments, and industries in which these technicians work, there are jobs that do not require postsecondary education and others that require a bachelor’s degree.

A background in natural sciences is important for environmental science and protection technicians. Students should take courses in chemistry, biology, geology, and physics. Coursework in mathematics, statistics, and computer science also is useful because technicians routinely do data analysis and modeling.

Many schools offer internships and cooperative-education programs, which help students gain valuable experience while attending school. Internships and cooperative-education experience can enhance the students’ employment prospects.

Many technical and community colleges offer programs in environmental studies or a related technology, such as remote sensing or geographic information systems (GISs). Associate’s degree programs at community colleges traditionally are designed to easily transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at public colleges and universities.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must be able to carry out a wide range of laboratory and field tests, and their results must be accurate and precise.

Communication skills. Environmental science and protection technicians must have good listening and writing skills, because they must follow precise directions for sample collection and communicate their results effectively in their written reports. They also may need to discuss their results with colleagues, clients, and sometimes public audiences.

Critical-thinking skills. Environmental science and protection technicians reach their conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment. They have to be able to determine the best way to address environmental hazards.

Interpersonal skills. Environmental science and protection technicians need to be able to work well and collaborate with others, because they often work with scientists and other technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In some states, environmental science and protection technicians need a license to do certain types of environmental and health inspections. For example, some states require licensing for technicians who test buildings for radon. Licensure requirements vary by state but typically include certain levels of education and experience and a passing score on an exam.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as an Environmental Science Technician?

Send To A Friend

Environmental Science Technician Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Environmental Science Technician Typical Career Paths

Do you work as an Environmental Science Technician?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as an Environmental Science Technician?

Environmental Science Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

53.0%

Female

47.0%
Ethnicity

White

65.1%

Black or African American

12.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

3.9%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Environmental Science Technician Education

Schools

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

12.5%

Siena Heights University

8.3%

Troy University

8.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

4.2%

University of Nevada - Reno

4.2%

University of North Alabama

4.2%

University of Tennessee - Martin

4.2%

Anderson University (South Carolina)

4.2%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.2%

Benedict College

4.2%

Western Kentucky University

4.2%

Berea College

4.2%

Boise State University

4.2%

Western Carolina University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Eastern Washington University

4.2%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.2%

Catawba Valley Community College

4.2%

American University

4.2%

San Joaquin Delta College

4.2%
Show More
Majors

Environmental Science

38.0%

Biology

18.0%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

6.0%

Geology

4.0%

Chemistry

4.0%

Management

2.0%

Natural Sciences

2.0%

Natural Resources Management

2.0%

Public Health

2.0%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Forestry

2.0%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.0%

Music

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Health Education

2.0%

Business

2.0%

Anthropology

2.0%

Biomedical Sciences

2.0%

Plant Sciences

2.0%

Law

2.0%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Other

21.4%

Masters

19.6%

Associate

8.9%

Doctorate

3.6%

Certificate

1.8%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Real Environmental Science Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Environmental Science and Protection Technician CUNO Environmental Corporation Elmsford, NY Apr 03, 2016 $49,379
Environmental Science and Protection Technician CUNO Environmental Corporation Elmsford, NY Apr 15, 2015 $46,758
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Darwin Technology USA Inc. Fairfield, IA May 20, 2009 $45,000
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Ecohydrology Research, Inc. Davis, CA Mar 01, 2011 $42,162
Environmental Science Technicians San Diego State University Research Foundation San Diego, CA Dec 12, 2011 $39,936
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health Tidewater, Inc. Columbia, MD Aug 22, 2012 $38,730
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Athenica Environmental Services, Inc. Islandia, NY Jan 21, 2014 $38,000
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Athenica Environmental Services, Inc. Islandia, NY Jan 20, 2014 $38,000
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Alamo Analytical Laboratories, Ltd San Antonio, TX Sep 12, 2013 $36,500 -
$45,000
Environmental Science Technician MacNeil Environmental, Inc. Marshall, MN Mar 14, 2011 $36,500
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Ontario Specialty Contracting, Inc. Buffalo, NY Nov 29, 2010 $36,000
Environmental Science Technician Asbestos TEM Laboratories, Inc. Berkeley, CA Aug 20, 2015 $35,464
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Chem Scope, Inc. North Haven, CT Sep 11, 2015 $34,331
Environmental Science Technician Progea Dallas, TX Sep 06, 2014 $34,195
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Alamo Analytical Laboratories, Ltd San Antonio, TX Jan 09, 2016 $33,500 -
$42,000
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health ABMN-Batesville, Inc. Batesville, IN Apr 10, 2014 $33,222
Environmental Science and Protection Tech/Trainee Alamo Analytical Laboratories, Ltd San Antonio, TX Sep 12, 2010 $33,000 -
$42,000
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Saint Petersburg, FL Mar 23, 2011 $32,946
Envronmental Science and Protection Technician Breakthrough Technologies Institute, Inc. Washington, DC Aug 01, 2010 $32,864
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health Sanair Technologies Laboratory VA Sep 19, 2013 $32,594
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health Sanair Technologies Laboratory VA Jan 31, 2014 $32,594
Environmental Science and Protection Technician Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Saint Petersburg, FL Mar 23, 2011 $31,986
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Spectrum Analytical, Inc. DBA Mitkem Laboratories Warwick, RI Oct 21, 2009 $30,389
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health Arias & Associates, Inc. San Antonio, TX Jun 04, 2010 $29,848

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

How Would You Rate The Salary Of an Environmental Science Technician?

Have you worked as an Environmental Science Technician? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as an Environmental Science Technician.

Top Skills for An Environmental Science Technician

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Safety
  3. Water Samples
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed duties of safety advocate Professional awards and accomplishments.
  • Assist Environmental Compliance Inspector as needed, and assume duties when necessary.
  • Created, developed and trained employees to meet RCRA requirements Developed a hazardous waste auditing program.
  • Keep records and compile stock reports.Waste Tech, Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • Processed and prepared soil samples for analysis on mass spectrometer for National Rapid Soil Carbon Assessment (RaCA).

How Would You Rate Working As an Environmental Science Technician?

Are you working as an Environmental Science Technician? Help us rate Environmental Science Technician as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Environmental Science Technicians

  1. Washington
  2. Idaho
  3. Oregon
  4. California
  5. Alaska
  6. Nebraska
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Iowa
  10. Minnesota
  • (101 jobs)
  • (12 jobs)
  • (57 jobs)
  • (432 jobs)
  • (8 jobs)
  • (28 jobs)
  • (83 jobs)
  • (5 jobs)
  • (43 jobs)
  • (53 jobs)

Top Environmental Science Technician Employers

Jobs From Top Environmental Science Technician Employers

Related to your recently viewed content