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.

What responsibilities are common for Environmental Engineer jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Environmental Engineer jobs?
  • 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
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3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Environmental Engineer make?

$101,311 /yr
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Environmental Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become an Environmental Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Environmental Engineer
Senior Environmental Engineer
Environmental Engineer

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Environmental Engineer Insights

Read what Environmental Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Environmental Engineer I
Jun 15, 2022

“I had some great opportunities that launched my career and am super grateful for my time at KMEA.”

Prefeitura Municipal de MuzambinhoPrefeitura Municipal de Muzambinho
Director, Environmental Management
May 15, 2023

“I faced problems carrying out actions in my department because political management prioritizes actions whose personal and political interests overlap.”

Koch IndustriesKoch Industries
Environmental Engineer
Jul 1, 2022

“Flexible schedule that allows you to work from home if you have an appointment instead of using a vacation day.”

Atelier TenAtelier Ten
Senior Environmental Designer
Jan 5, 2022

“Everyone is very nice and eager to do good work.”

NextEra Energy, Inc.NextEra Energy, Inc.
Distribution Engineer
Apr 14, 2021

“Job mobility is good at this company but you don't have a say in your career path from my experience.”

Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Environmental Engineer
Jun 13, 2021

“Charges insane tuition and authority is terrible.”

PBF EnergyPBF Energy
Environmental Engineer
Mar 18, 2021

“People are mostly nice and helpful.”

Environmental Engineer
Nov 17, 2021

“I can able to learn based on my career and to move in a right way.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Environmental Engineer

When working as an Environmental Engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Hazwoper, Critical Thinking, Responses, and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to Environmental Engineer are:
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • EHS Specialist
  • Program Manager

The most common qualifications to become an Environmental Engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Environmental Specialist
38% skills overlap
Environmental Scientist
25% skills overlap
EHS Specialist
13% skills overlap
Program Manager
25% skills overlap

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