Kevin, a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate who is studying the impact of vegetation on rivers and water flow, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, and work-life balance. He loves solving problems. There are always set-backs with physical experimentation; perseverance is key.
Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution.
At some colleges and universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master's degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some colleges and universities or to do research and development.
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