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Working As A Senior Field Technician

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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Field Technician Career Paths

Senior Field Technician
Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Lead Technician Project Leader
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Lead Technician Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Lead Technician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Manager General Manager Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Service Manager General Manager Owner
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Branch Manager Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Field Technician Owner Project Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Field Technician Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Field Technician Operations Manager Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager
Service Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Property Manager Assistant Project Manager
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Project Superintendent Quality Control Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Field Technician
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.6 years
Field Technician 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Senior Field Technician
Technician 8.9%
Internship 2.5%
Supervisor 2.2%
Top Careers After Senior Field Technician
Technician 8.0%
Owner 3.1%
Manager 3.1%

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Senior Field Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.9%

Female

8.0%

Unknown

6.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

Carrier

21.4%

German

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Thai

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%
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Senior Field Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Community College of the Air Force

11.7%

Strayer University

6.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

Colorado Technical University

5.5%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

More Tech Institute

4.8%

Universal Technical Institute

4.1%

Ashford University

4.1%

Middlesex County College

4.1%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

3.4%

Kean University

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Tampa

3.4%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

Tidewater Community College

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.5%

Business

14.5%

Computer Science

9.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

8.6%

Computer Networking

6.0%

Information Technology

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Geology

3.6%

General Studies

3.4%

Communication

3.1%

Environmental Science

2.9%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Social Work

2.0%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

33.3%

Bachelors

29.0%

Associate

22.4%

Masters

6.3%

Certificate

5.8%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Senior Field Technician

  1. Computer Hardware
  2. Customer Service
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  • Experienced: Computer Hardware/Software Technician.
  • Worked collaboratively with a team of technicians, dispatchers, and customer service representatives to provide quality customer service.
  • Completed demand maintenance and emergency fiber optic cable plant restoration.
  • Repaired and maintained various Canon copiers and printers, Network copiers and printers to PC's and Apple computers.
  • Created documentation to assist customers and technicians in troubleshooting PC and or routers issues eliminating any unnecessary trouble calls.

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