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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN: Great Mix Of Field, Lab, & University Work

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Joseph, a Research Technician at a University laboratory, describes his job in the field measuring carbon dioxide and methane, then back in the lab fixing equipment and processing the data. It's a great job if you're interested in technical stuff and like working in a university setting.

Degree: Structural Engineering
Job Title: Research Technician
Employer: University of California Berkeley

Job Summary: Environmental Engineering Technicians

Job Description

Environmental engineering technicians carry out the plans that environmental engineers develop. They test, operate, and, if necessary, modify equipment for preventing or cleaning up environmental pollution. They may collect samples for testing, or they may work to mitigate sources of environmental pollution.

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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
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20 to 30 percent
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Full-time
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Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
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Problem solving skills, Teamwork

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<span m='10860'>this</span> <span m='11030'>case</span> <span m='11250'>carbon</span> <span m='11520'>dioxide</span> <span m='12020'>and</span> <span m='12140'>methane.</span> <span m='12900'>The rest</span> <span m='13250'>of</span> <span m='13290'>the</span> <span m='13410'>week</span> <span m='13770'>I'm</span> <span m='14490'>processing</span> <span m='14990'>data that we've</span> <span m='15450'>collected,</span> <span m='16740'>fixing</span> <span m='17120'>equipment</span> <span m='17480'>that's</span> <span m='17630'>broken,</span> <span m='18450'>calculating</span> <span m='19080'>equipment</span> <span m='19510'>to</span> <span m='19590'>be</span> <span m='20180'>put in</span> <span m='20240'>the</span> <span m='20310'>field,</span> <span m='21140'>writing</span> <span m='21460'>web</span> <span m='21660'>pages,</span> <span m='22370'>pretty</span> <span m='22720'>much</span> <span m='22920'>anything</span> <span m='23190'>the lab</span> <span m='23480'>needs</span> <span m='23740'>doing.</span> </p><p><span m='24560'>I</span> <span m='24730'>have</span> <span m='24900'>a</span> <span m='24950'>degree</span> <span m='25270'>in</span> <span m='25390'>structural</span> <span m='25990'>engineering.</span> <span m='27860'>But</span> <span m='28350'>I</span> <span m='28450'>grew</span> <span m='28710'>up</span> <span m='28950'>as</span> <span m='29150'>a</span> <span m='30980'>kid</span> <span m='31270'>that</span> <span m='31660'>spent</span> <span m='31770'>a</span> <span m='31820'>lot</span> <span m='31950'>of</span> <span m='32009'>time</span> <span m='32240'>at</span> <span m='32310'>universities</span> <span m='32870'>because</span> <span m='33070'>my</span> <span m='33210'>parents</span> <span m='33560'>worked at</span> <span m='33770'>universities,</span> <span m='34780'>and</span> <span m='35070'>so</span> <span m='35240'>I</span> <span m='35340'>knew</span> <span m='35510'>the</span> <span m='35600'>people</span> <span m='35870'>at</span> <span m='35940'>the</span> <span m='36010'>universities.</span> <span m='36680'>And</span> <span m='36810'>when</span> <span m='36970'>I</span> <span m='37040'>graduated,</span> <span m='37800'>they</span> <span m='37970'>needed</span> <span m='38280'>someone</span> <span m='38560'>to</span> <span m='38620'>do</span> <span m='39450'>some</span> <span m='39610'>technical</span> <span m='39980'>stuff</span> <span m='40230'>for them,</span> <span m='40620'>and</span> <span m='40770'>that's</span> <span m='41080'>how</span> <span m='41200'>I</span> <span m='41290'>got</span> <span m='41910'>fired.</span> <span m='42230'>It's</span> <span m='42710'>probably</span> <span m='43000'>not</span> <span m='43220'>a</span> <span m='43280'>career</span> <span m='43680'>that</span> <span m='43880'>you</span> <span m='43970'>would</span> <span m='44090'>even</span> <span m='44330'>think</span> <span m='44640'>of</span> <span m='45370'>choosing</span> <span m='45920'>in</span> <span m='46000'>that</span> <span m='46160'>it's</span> <span m='46300'>not</span> <span m='46470'>something</span> <span m='48070'>you</span> <span m='48190'>ask</span> <span m='48520'>kid,</span> <span m='49390'>what do you</span> <span m='49550'>want</span> <span m='49660'>to</span> <span m='49710'>be</span> <span m='49920'>when</span> <span m='50030'>you</span> <span m='50140'>grow</span> <span m='50300'>up,</span> <span m='50490'>it's</span> <span m='50650'>not</span> <span m='50980'>research</span> <span m='51320'>technician.</span> <span m='51930'>It's</span> <span m='52470'>something</span> <span m='52760'>else.</span> </p><p><span m='53120'>But</span> <span m='53445'>it's</span> <span m='54040'>probably</span> <span m='54320'>not</span> <span m='54690'>a</span> <span m='54790'>well</span> <span m='55100'>known</span> <span m='55730'>position</span> <span m='56120'>that</span> <span m='56250'>you</span> <span m='56350'>would</span> <span m='56590'>actually</span> <span m='56950'>search</span> <span m='57250'>out</span> <span m='57430'>to</span> <span m='58220'>have.</span> <span m='58670'>And</span> <span m='59130'>I</span> <span m='59250'>think</span> <span m='59440'>in</span> <span m='59560'>most</span> <span m='59860'>cases</span> <span m='60310'>it's</span> <span m='60480'>going</span> <span m='60610'>to</span> <span m='60680'>be</span> <span m='61180'>students</span> <span m='61630'>that have</span> <span m='61770'>gone</span> <span m='62020'>to</span> <span m='62100'>college</span> <span m='62730'>or</span> <span m='63480'>working as a</span> <span m='63740'>grad</span> <span m='64060'>student</span> <span m='64430'>that could</span> <span m='65180'>move</span> <span m='65440'>into</span> <span m='65640'>this</span> <span m='65840'>position.</span> <span m='66820'>What</span> <span m='67040'>do</span> <span m='67130'>I</span> <span m='67220'>know</span> <span m='67430'>now</span> <span m='67770'>that I</span> <span m='67910'>didn't</span> <span m='68210'>before?</span> <span m='70620'>I</span> <span m='70690'>think</span> <span m='70950'>part</span> <span m='71830'>of</span> <span m='71870'>the</span> <span m='72460'>appeal</span> <span m='72900'>of</span> <span m='72970'>this</span> <span m='73120'>position</span> <span m='73560'>is</span> <span m='73640'>that</span> <span m='73740'>we're</span> <span m='73850'>always</span> <span m='74130'>learning</span> <span m='74380'>something</span> <span m='74680'>new.</span> <span m='76860'>The</span> <span m='76930'>work</span> <span m='77230'>we</span> <span m='77370'>do</span> <span m='77610'>is</span> <span m='77730'>research.</span> <span m='78420'>And</span> <span m='81300'>so</span> <span m='81490'>we</span> <span m='81600'>always</span> <span m='81850'>having</span> <span m='82210'>develop</span> <span m='82590'>some</span> <span m='82810'>new</span> <span m='83140'>idea,</span> <span m='83590'>new</span> <span m='83780'>technique</span> <span m='84230'>to</span> <span m='84340'>apply.</span> <span m='84635'>And so</span> <span m='84930'>I'm</span> <span m='85100'>always</span> <span m='85310'>learning</span> <span m='85530'>something.</span> </p><p><span m='86770'>I'd say</span> <span m='87250'>start</span> <span m='87620'>out</span> <span m='87890'>going to</span> <span m='88220'>college</span> <span m='88610'>is</span> <span m='88720'>the</span> <span m='88790'>big point.</span> <span m='89460'>Volunteer</span> <span m='90030'>for</span> <span m='90150'>some</span> <span m='90380'>of</span> <span m='90500'>the</span> <span m='90570'>labs,</span> <span m='91480'>work</span> <span m='91650'>at</span> <span m='91720'>the</span> <span m='91790'>universities,</span> <span m='92215'>and</span> <span m='92690'>get</span> <span m='92820'>to</span> <span m='92910'>know</span> <span m='93050'>the</span> <span m='93130'>people</span> <span m='93390'>who</span> <span m='93470'>do</span> <span m='93580'>the</span> <span m='93660'>work.</span> <span m='94910'>If</span> <span m='95000'>you</span> <span m='96360'>have</span> <span m='96540'>to</span> <span m='96840'>do</span> <span m='96980'>the</span> <span m='97100'>technical</span> <span m='97470'>stuff,</span> <span m='99030'>it's</span> <span m='99180'>a</span> <span m='99200'>really</span> <span m='99710'>good</span> <span m='99910'>job</span> <span m='100210'>as</span> <span m='100310'>far</span> <span m='100480'>as</span> <span m='100560'>I'm</span> <span m='100770'>concerned.</span> <span m='101040'>I</span> <span m='101120'>get to</span> <span m='101540'>have</span> <span m='101750'>all</span> <span m='101880'>the</span> <span m='101960'>fun</span> <span m='103430'>putting</span> <span m='103670'>the</span> <span m='103850'>instruments</span> <span m='104270'>together</span> <span m='104720'>and</span> <span m='104800'>collecting</span> <span m='105080'>the</span> <span m='105180'>data</span> <span m='105600'>and</span> <span m='105840'>don't</span> <span m='106000'>have</span> <span m='106110'>to</span> <span m='106190'>do</span> <span m='106320'>the</span> <span m='106440'>hard</span> <span m='106730'>work</span> <span m='106980'>of</span> <span m='108910'>writing</span> <span m='109140'>the</span> <span m='109220'>papers</span> <span m='109680'>and</span> <span m='109840'>making</span> <span m='110110'>meaning</span> <span m='110420'>out</span> <span m='110530'>of</span> <span m='110610'>everything.</span> </p>","file":{"id":330971,"video_id":"2982970624001","name":"1682-Joseph-ResearchTechnician1","duration":111897,"thumbnail_url":null}});