Posts Tagged ‘environmental engineering’

Environmental Engineering Makes the “Best Careers” List

Friday, June 18th, 2010

US News BlogThis week, we heard from students and educators in the Environmental Technology/Environmental Science program at Cape Cod Community College, who are excited about the future of the field. And guess what? So is U.S. News & World Report!

In the magazine’s annual listing of the 50 best careers of 2010, “Environmental Engineering Technician” made the cut. Here’s what U.S. News had to say: “Demand for environmental engineering technicians is expected to increase significantly, with employment jumping 30 percent from 2008 to 2018.” And they note that a growing number of these “foot soldiers in the war against environmental hazards” will be needed to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

Okay, this is interesting, but how can you learn more about the environment in general, the day-to-day responsibilities of an environmental technician and where, exactly, the jobs are?

Start with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a comprehensive overview of environmental issues, including water, air, climate, waste and pollution and green living.

Then, once you’ve got the “big picture” check out the website of the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here, you’ll find in-depth descriptions of various “environmental technicians” jobs, including overviews describing the work environment (will you be working indoors or outdoors?) the nature of the work,(examples of day-to-day responsibilities — setting up, operating and maintaining laboratory instruments or gathering and analyzing samples), education and training requirements, opportunities for advancement, and a breakdown of the projected jobs and earnings. The site also provides comparisons of related occupations and resources for additional information.

Finally, you can check out websites like the Green Collar Association and EcoOrg, both of which feature listings of “green collar jobs,” defined as those that provide a positive environmental impact.

Seems like what’s good for the environment is also good for the economy — that’s a win-win situation!

ATETV Episode 15: From Protecting the Environment to Protecting Data Online

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

This week, we’re looking at three fields that are absolutely vital to our modern infrastructure. This is the stuff that has to work so the rest of us can get to work.

First, we visit the Engineering Technology program at Bristol Community College, where students can specialize in Environmental Technology – “essentially, any type of technology designed to enhance or protect our environment,” according to BCC’s Anthony Ucci. That includes working on the wastewater and freshwater treatment systems that keep our water supply clean and drinkable.

Next we head to the College of the Mainland to learn more about Process Technology – “taking material and turning it into something useful,” according to program director Jerry Duncan. Process Technology covers everything from making oil into gasoline, or malt and hops into beer. Student Zachary Bundy is doing an internship through the Process Technology program there; he considers it an extended job interview for a position after he graduates.

If Environmental and Process Technology each keep our physical infrastructure humming, then Information Security is what keeps our virtual infrastructure safe and online when we need it. That’s one of the majors offered at Springfield Technical Community College. With more data going online – including financial transactions – Information Security is a growth industry. And according to STCC’s Andrew Maynard, the sensitive nature of the information being protected means that security jobs are less likely to be outsourced than others.

Check back next week for the next episode of ATETV. Until then, have a happy new year!