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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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Hispanic or Latino15.4%
Black or African American1.2%
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Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico10.9%
East Carolina University8.0%
University of Phoenix7.7%
University of Puerto Rico - Humacao6.8%
East Tennessee State University6.4%
University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo6.1%
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez5.8%
University of Florida5.1%
North Carolina State University4.5%
University of Puerto Rico - Cayey4.5%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro4.2%
University of Pittsburgh -3.9%
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities3.5%
Georgia Southern University3.5%
University of South Florida3.2%
Murray State University3.2%
Pennsylvania State University3.2%
Georgia State University3.2%
Louisiana State University and A&M College3.2%
Brigham Young University2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Laboratory Analyst||Abbvie Inc.||Worcester, MA||Jan 01, 2016||$86,260|
|Laboratory Analyst||Abbvie Inc.||Worcester, MA||Jan 01, 2016||$83,835|
|Laboratory Analyst||Abbvie Inc.||Worcester, MA||Jan 01, 2016||$78,615|
|Laboratory Analyst||Abbvie Inc.||Worcester, MA||Jul 03, 2016||$72,715|
|Lab Analyst (Chemist)||PNC, Inc.||Nutley, NJ||Oct 01, 2014||$63,654|
|Lab Analyst||Kelly Services, Inc.||Midland, MI||Feb 01, 2011||$62,610|
|Laboratory Analyst||Validation Associates LLC||Lake Forest, IL||Jan 01, 2016||$60,000|
|Lab Analyst (Chemist)||PNC Inc.||Nutley, NJ||Apr 04, 2016||$60,000|
|Laboratory Analyst||Validation Associates LLC||Foster City, CA||Nov 18, 2015||$60,000|
|Laboratory Analyst||Validation Associates LLC||Lake Forest, IL||Aug 12, 2015||$60,000|
|Laboratory Analyst||Precision Environmental Inc.||Islandia, NY||Nov 30, 2014||$58,261 -
|Lab Analyst||Populus Group LLC||Baltimore, MD||Sep 23, 2016||$56,579|
|Laboratory Analyst II||Duke University and Medical Center||Durham, NC||Nov 01, 2011||$47,969|
|GMP Compliance/Lab Analyst||Confidence U.S.A., Inc.||Port Washington, NY||Aug 21, 2014||$46,426|
|GMP Compliance/Lab Analyst||Confidence International Inc.||Port Washington, NY||Sep 03, 2014||$46,426|
|Clinical Laboratory Analyst||The University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||Aug 01, 2013||$46,219|
|Clinical Laboratory Analyst||The University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||Jan 08, 2013||$46,219|
|Laboratory Analyst||Allure Labs, Inc.||Hayward, CA||Sep 18, 2016||$46,125|
|Laboratory Analyst||Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Feb 01, 2011||$46,010|
|Laboratory Analyst||IEH Northeast, Inc.||Saddle Brook, NJ||Oct 01, 2013||$39,028|
|Laboratory Analyst||Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.||West Deptford, NJ||Sep 20, 2014||$39,000|
|Laboratory Analyst (QA Supervisor)||Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.||Lost Hills, CA||Sep 20, 2014||$38,500|
|Laboratory Analyst (QA Supervisor)||Institute for Environmental Health, Inc.||Lost Hills, CA||Sep 11, 2014||$38,500|
|Lab Analyst||Greenville Metals, Inc.||PA||Sep 12, 2011||$38,044|
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