Environmental Engineer at a Glance

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Best States for Environmental Engineer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 2,860 $79,340 $38
New Mexico 680 $91,090 $44
Alaska 420 $108,730 $52

Becoming an Environmental Engineer

To qualify for entry level environmental engineering jobs you must have a bachelor's degree in this field or a closely related area of engineering, such as civil, chemical, or mechanical engineering. Internships or other practical experience gained while in school is also highly valued by employers. When looking for a program in this field, be sure to choose one that is accredited by ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Most employers will prefer to hire graduates of these type of programs, and it will be a requirement for those seeking certification as a licensed professional engineer.

Students studying environmental engineering will gain a solid foundation in mathematics and the natural sciences. Curricula will include a combination of survey, seminar, laboratory, and field studies courses. Below are a few common classes you might expect to see with this type of degree program:

  • Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Hydrology
  • Sustainable Design

In addition to core classes, students will complete a range of design laboratory classes to gain hands on experience applying the theories and concepts they have learned. Some environmental engineers pursue their professional engineer license, which requires the completion of an ABET-accredited program, the passage of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, relevant work experience, and the successful completion of the Professional Engineering (PE) exam. In some states, engineers will need to complete continuing education classes to maintain their licensure. Those who pursue careers in environmental engineering may also gain certification from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers after receiving their licensure.