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ENGINEER, EPA: Working on Water Flow and Quality for California

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Mark, a Water Resources Control Engineer for the CA EPA, started his career in construction management and then got interested in the environment, so he now develops objectives for the state's water flow and quality for CA.

Degree: Engineering Mechanics - Structural Engineering
Job Title: Water Resources Control Engineer
Employer: EPA - California

Job Summary: Environmental Engineers

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

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.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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<span m='21280'>I</span> <span m='21770'>had</span> <span m='22260'>an</span> <span m='23240'>interesting</span> <span m='24220'>career</span> <span m='24710'>path.</span> <span m='25200'>I</span> <span m='25690'>actually</span> <span m='26670'>studied</span> <span m='27020'>structural</span> <span m='27640'>engineering</span> <span m='28682'>in</span> <span m='29154'>college.</span> <span m='30098'>And</span> <span m='32616'>started my</span> <span m='32973'>career</span> <span m='33330'>as a</span> <span m='33823'>construction</span> <span m='34316'>manager.</span> </p><p><span m='37274'>And as</span> <span m='37767'>time</span> <span m='38260'>went on,</span> <span m='38753'>I developed</span> <span m='39246'>an</span> <span m='39492'>interest</span> <span m='39739'>in the</span> <span m='40232'>environment.</span> <span m='41220'>I</span> <span m='41890'>went</span> <span m='42110'>back</span> <span m='42360'>to</span> <span m='42470'>school</span> <span m='42820'>and got</span> <span m='43170'>a master's</span> <span m='43666'>degree</span> <span m='44162'>in</span> <span m='44658'>bio-mineral</span> <span m='45650'>engineering</span> <span m='46146'>and</span> <span m='46642'>got</span> <span m='47138'>involved</span> <span m='48130'>in</span> <span m='48626'>environmental</span> <span m='49618'>cleanup</span> <span m='50610'>and</span> <span m='51106'>waste</span> <span m='51602'>water</span> <span m='52098'>treatment.</span> <span m='52594'>And</span> <span m='53586'>eventually,</span> <span m='55074'>it</span> <span m='55570'>led</span> <span m='56066'>me</span> <span m='57058'>through</span> <span m='57554'>a</span> <span m='58050'>number</span> <span m='58546'>of</span> <span m='59042'>consulting jobs</span> <span m='59538'>to come</span> <span m='60034'>work for</span> <span m='60530'>the state</span> <span m='61026'>of California</span> <span m='61522'>as</span> <span m='62018'>a</span> <span m='62514'>regulator.</span> </p><p><span m='64994'>So</span> <span m='65986'>it's been</span> <span m='66482'>a</span> <span m='66978'>very</span> <span m='67474'>wide</span> <span m='67970'>ranging</span> <span m='68466'>career.</span> <span m='69954'>And</span> <span m='70450'>I</span> <span m='70946'>think one</span> <span m='71442'>thing that</span> <span m='71938'>maybe I</span> <span m='72434'>wish I</span> <span m='72930'>knew</span> <span m='73922'>about</span> <span m='75650'>my</span> <span m='75790'>career</span> <span m='76155'>before</span> <span m='76520'>I started</span> <span m='77012'>it</span> <span m='77504'>was</span> <span m='78980'>how</span> <span m='79472'>much</span> <span m='79964'>I</span> <span m='80456'>would</span> <span m='80948'>actually</span> <span m='81440'>not</span> <span m='81932'>know</span> <span m='82424'>about</span> <span m='82916'>where my</span> <span m='83408'>career</span> <span m='83572'>path</span> <span m='83900'>would take</span> <span m='84392'>me.</span> <span 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