Environmental Engineer

Career Overview

Environmental engineers use scientific principles (related to engineering, biology, chemistry) to analyze environmental problems and develop solutions. They often work on issues related to public health, pollution control, recycling, and waste disposal.


A four-year bachelor's degree in environmental, civil, or chemical engineering (or a related field) is likely required to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's) in a related field, which may take an additional two-three years to earn, would be more valuable and may be necessary to obtain positions in some organizations.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$49,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$130,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including physics!
Work Environment

Environmental engineers typically work for engineering firms, consulting firms, or the government. At times they work in offices with other engineers or urban planners, and at other times they may spend time outside at the sites they are trying to improve.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada