What does an Environmental Engineer do?

An environmental engineer is responsible for using engineering techniques to create the most efficient processes. They are responsible for ensuring that the company is complying with environmental policies. A few of the main duties of an environmental engineer are helping obtain green certifications, analysis of procedures, field tests, and assisting in the performance of an audit. They also have to create reports about the company's environmental impact. Some of the jobs titles that an environmental engineer could grow into are director of engineering and engineering manager.

An environmental engineer should have 2 years of experience in engineering as well as a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering. One of the most important skills that an environmental engineer will have is critical thinking. Another skill is problem solving as the environmental engineer will need to be able to solve the company's issues with their processes.

  • Diagnose issues with the company's processes
  • Apply for permits
  • Apply for federal and state grants
  • Perform calculations and analysis
  • Create environmental reports
  • Report findings to higher ups
  • Create new processes to increase efficiency
  • Perform company audits
  • 2 years of experience in engineering
  • Great problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations
  • Ability to work out in the field
  • Ability to work by yourself
  • Great time management skills
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at once
  • Ability to create presentations
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Environmental Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$75,559 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$51K
Median: $76K
$112K
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Environmental Engineer Career Path

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Environmental Engineer Insights

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PBF EnergyPBF Energy
Environmental Engineer
Mar. 18, 2021

“People are mostly nice and helpful.”

Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Environmental Engineer
Jun. 13, 2021

“Charges insane tuition and authority is terrible.”

Exela Pharma SciencesExela Pharma Sciences
Environmental Monitoring Technician
Sep. 1, 2021

“When there is no reward for good ethic and no punishment for bad work ethic there is no motivation.”

ExxonMobilExxonMobil
Environmental Engineer
Sep. 10, 2020

“Great people and teams; projects really matter”

Georgia Department of Natural ResourcesGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Environmental Engineer
Oct. 30, 2019

“Good work and life balance”

JacobsJacobs
Environmental Engineer II
Jan. 26, 2021

“Some teams and PMs I worked with were really great.”

TRC CompaniesTRC Companies
Environmental Engineer
Dec. 17, 2019

“Opportunities for growth and increased responsibility as a junior employee.”

Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman
Environmental Engineer
Mar. 12, 2021

“Stability and great pay.”

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