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Working As A Field Technician

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

  • $46,420

    Average Salary

What Does A Field 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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How To Become A Field 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.

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Field Technician Career Paths

Field Technician
Field Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Continuous Improvement Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Business Analyst Product Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Operator Foreman Estimator
Estimating Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager General Manager
Managing Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Business Analyst Product Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Technician Technician Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.4 years
Cell Technician 3.4 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Field Engineer 3.1 years
Bench Technician 2.8 years
MIS Technician 2.7 years
Data Technician 2.7 years
Technician 2.6 years
On-Site Technician 2.4 years
Field Technician 2.0 years
POS Technician 1.9 years
Junior Technician 1.6 years
Field Assistant 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 12.0%
Internship 7.4%
Supervisor 3.8%
Manager 3.2%
Cashier 3.0%
Top Employers After
Technician 12.5%
Internship 4.0%
Supervisor 3.8%

Field Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.8%

Female

12.8%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.8%

French

7.7%

Carrier

6.8%

Arabic

4.0%

German

3.7%

Japanese

3.6%

Portuguese

2.1%

Mandarin

1.5%

Russian

1.5%

Polish

1.1%

Greek

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Hindi

0.8%

Italian

0.8%

Turkish

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Indonesian

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Cantonese

0.5%
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Field Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Strayer University

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

Oklahoma State University

4.4%

Colorado State University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

Universal Technical Institute

3.6%

Oregon State University

3.5%

The Academy

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Iowa State University

3.5%

New Mexico State University

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

13.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.2%

Computer Science

8.0%

Information Technology

7.5%

Computer Information Systems

6.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.5%

Computer Networking

6.5%

Environmental Science

6.2%

Biology

5.6%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

General Studies

3.5%

Geology

3.5%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.4%

Management

2.2%

Geography

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Anthropology

2.2%

Civil Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.6%

Other

30.4%

Associate

18.7%

Masters

8.3%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Field Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Technician IV EXI Parsons Telecom LLC Orlando, FL Jul 09, 2011 $73,000 -
$78,000
RBS Field Technician United Commtel, LLC Dublin, CA Jun 01, 2011 $72,800
Field Technician Radianz Americas, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 01, 2010 $65,120
Field Technician IV EXI Parsons Telecom LLC Orlando, FL Jul 09, 2011 $60,000 -
$75,000
Field Technician IV EXI Parsons Telecom LLC Chino, CA Nov 12, 2009 $60,000 -
$80,000
Field Technician Wireless Network Group Plainsboro, NJ Aug 28, 2012 $56,300 -
$60,000
Field Technician II Teclopacific LLC Redmond, WA Feb 13, 2012 $54,262
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunications Services Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Oct 25, 2010 $54,080
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunication Services, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Jun 21, 2010 $53,996
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunications Services Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Jun 25, 2010 $53,996
Field Technician II Teclopacific LLC Redmond, WA Mar 13, 2012 $53,156
Field Technician II Pinnacle Engineering, Inc. Wilton, ND Jun 01, 2015 $52,500
Field Technician II Pinnacle Engineering, Inc. Wilton, ND Oct 14, 2015 $52,500
Field Technician II Teclopacific LLC Redmond, WA Feb 13, 2012 $50,088
Field Technician IV Parsons Telecommunications Services Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Oct 04, 2010 $50,003
Field Technician Fresh Connection Lafayette, CA Apr 12, 2010 $48,000
Laboratory/Field Technician Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jul 01, 2011 $47,145
Lab Field Technician Air Hygiene International, Inc. Broken Arrow, OK Aug 22, 2015 $46,000
Field Technician Parabit Systems, Inc. Homestead, FL Jul 07, 2016 $41,740
Agronomist/Field Technician Soudan Farming Company Marianna, AR Mar 27, 2012 $38,000
Field Technician and Sales Mardel Souza Inc. Brownsville, TX Sep 15, 2016 $37,232 -
$50,000

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Top Skills for A Field Technician

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Top Field Technician Skills

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Trouble Shooting
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Relocate computer hardware, peripherals, and equipment as needed.
  • Trouble shooting viruses, Servers & Wireless connections, Remote access.
  • Operate in a safe manner in accordance with published safety guidelines Provide proper and adequate communication to help build customers satisfaction.
  • Install full Systems (PC, network Printers, and Routers) at doctors' offices and hospitals.
  • Diagnose and repair hardware and software issues on client PC s using approved methods and processes.

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