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Environmental Engineers - 17-2081.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Air Pollution Control Engineer
  • Chief, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Remediation Specialist
  • Global Director Air and Climate Change
  • Hazardous Substances Engineer
  • Marine Engineer CPVEC (Marine Engineer Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance)
  • Regulatory Environmental Compliance Manager
  • Sanitary Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2080 Environmental Engineers
17-2081.00 Environmental Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Advise corporations or government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
  • Advise industries or government agencies about environmental policies and standards.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, or land.
  • Assess, sort, characterize, or pack known or unknown materials.
  • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, or administration.
  • Collaborate with environmental scientists, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, experts in law or business, or other specialists to address environmental problems.
  • Coordinate or manage environmental protection programs or projects, assigning or evaluating work.
  • Design, or supervise the design of, systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
  • Develop or present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.
  • Develop proposed project objectives and targets and report to management on progress in attaining them.
  • Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans or methods for loading or transporting waste.
  • Develop, implement, or manage plans or programs related to conservation or management of natural resources.
  • Direct installation or operation of environmental monitoring devices or supervise related data collection programs.
  • Inform company employees or other interested parties of environmental issues.
  • Inspect industrial or municipal facilities or programs to evaluate operational effectiveness or ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.
  • Obtain, update, or maintain plans, permits, or standard operating procedures.
  • Prepare hazardous waste manifests or land disposal restriction notifications.
  • Prepare or present public briefings on the status of environmental engineering projects.
  • Prepare, maintain, or revise quality assurance documentation or procedures.
  • Prepare, review, or update environmental investigation or recommendation reports.
  • Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, or performing other general administrative duties.
  • Provide assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, or sampling as part of a team conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities.
  • Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, or planning or reviewing database development.
  • Provide technical support for environmental remediation or litigation projects, including remediation system design or determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Request bids from suppliers or consultants.
  • Serve as liaison with federal, state, or local agencies or officials on issues pertaining to solid or hazardous waste program requirements.
  • Write reports or articles for Web sites or newsletters related to environmental engineering issues.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
  • Assist engineers or scientists with research.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Design environmental control systems.
  • Determine operational criteria or specifications.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Direct environmental development activities.
  • Explain project details to the general public.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Monitor activities affecting environmental quality.
  • Package materials for transport.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Prepare project budgets.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Teach safety standards or environmental compliance methods.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Environmental Engineering and Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Industrial Hygiene (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Environmental Engineering Management Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • SC - Civil Engineer Corps (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Environmental Analyst
  • Pollution-Control Engineer