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Working As A Field Installation Technician

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

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Field Installation 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.

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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.

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Field Installation Technician Career Paths

Field Installation Technician
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
Owner
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Project Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Manager Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Manager
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Store Manager Office Manager
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Store Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Installer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Installer Senior Technologist Senior Service Technician
Senior Field Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Installer
Lead Field Technician
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Field Engineer 3.1 years
Data Technician 2.8 years
Technician 2.7 years
Field Technician 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Field Installation Technician
Technician 8.1%
Installer 6.0%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Careers After Field Installation Technician
Technician 7.2%
Owner 3.6%
Installer 3.2%

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Field Installation Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

87.1%

Unknown

8.2%

Female

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.5%

Carrier

26.1%

German

8.7%

French

4.3%

Tagalog

4.3%
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Field Installation Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.7%

More Tech Institute

7.0%

Mt San Antonio College

7.0%

Strayer University

5.6%

Prince George's Community College

4.2%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

4.2%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.2%

The Academy

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

Georgia State University

4.2%

San Antonio College

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Gadsden State Community College

4.2%

Bowie State University

4.2%

Austin Community College

4.2%

Troy University

2.8%

Appalachian State University

2.8%

University of South Florida

2.8%

Springfield Technical Community College

2.8%

Lansing Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

17.6%

Business

14.4%

Computer Science

8.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.0%

Information Technology

6.8%

Computer Networking

6.6%

General Studies

4.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Communication

3.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.5%

Automotive Technology

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Education

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Management

2.1%

Computer Technical Support

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Psychology

1.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.6%

Fine Arts

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

39.3%

Associate

23.7%

Bachelors

23.2%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

3.3%

Masters

2.7%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Field Installation Technician

  1. Customer Service
  2. Technical Support
  3. Internet
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  • Provide efficient, quality customer service to both internal and external customers both face-to-face and over-the-phone.
  • Provided technical support by interacting with customers to determine service required.
  • Provided cable television and High speed broadband internet services as well as Digital telephony services to commercial and residential customers.
  • Completed fiber optic splicing instead of going outside to contract Engineers, saving the company additional headcount costs.
  • Trouble shooting of wiring, signal, and mechanical issues in service.

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