Environmental Science Technicians
On the Job
Environmental Science Technicians may work under the direction of scientists or engineers. They may collect samples of gasses, soil, water, or other materials to test the environment for harmful substances.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Prepare documentation for permits or licenses.
- Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
- Record research or operational data.
- Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities.
- Confer with clients to exchange information.
- Assess compliance with environmental laws.
- Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities.
- Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
- Analyze environmental data.
- Analyze geological samples.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working with a group or team.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
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