People who work in the environmental service systems pathway are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal and public health issues. Environmental engineers and technicians conduct hazardous-waste management studies, evaluate the significance of the hazard, offer analysis on treatment and containment, and development regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal sewage and industrial wastewater systems. They analyze scientific data, research environmental projects and perform quality control checks.
Employment of environmental engineers and technicians is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations throughout the next decade. More environmental engineers and technicians will be needed to meet environmental regulations and to develop methods of cleaning up existing hazards. A shift in emphasis toward preventing problems rather than controlling those that already exist, as well as increasing public health concerns, also will spur demand for these positions. Jobs in environmental service systems, such as water safety and hazardous materials can provide good opportunities for qualified applicants. These opportunities are the result of a combination of factors--relatively few applicants, the need for a high number of replacements each year and an average growth rate.
This pathway is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster. These are the other pathways in the cluster:
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