Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health :

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $47,530.00
Average Time to Fill 33 days
Typical Education Bachelor's Degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 927
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 18.03 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Work Ethic
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Analyze biological material samples
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Examine biological material specimens
Analyze blood samples
Analyze organic compounds
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze soil to determine fertilizer requirements
Analyze forest conditions
Perform environmental assessment
Analyze geological samples
Analyze environmental data
Analyze ecosystem data
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Perform health, safety, and environment (HSE) related research
Interpret laws or legislation

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Inspect safety equipment to ensure proper functioning
Inspect sewer, drain, or water main pipe joints to detect leaks or verify alignment or fit
Inspect waste disposal or treatment facilities for regulatory compliance
Test ambient levels of air quality, noise, or temperature
Test radiation levels of surrounding area
Inspect facilities or work sites for environmental or safety hazards
Test materials to verify safety standards
Test quality of materials or finished products
Inspect growing environment

Getting Information

Determine effects of pollution
Collect statistical data
Conduct field research
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions
Research medical or health improvement issues
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Measure environmental characteristics
Observe weather conditions
Monitor atmospheric or meteorological conditions
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor soil conditions
Maintain safe work environment
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions
Monitor animal behavior, health, or condition

Handling and Moving Objects

Adjust medical or medical laboratory equipment
Adjust electrical or electronic equipment
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Collect environmental data or samples
Install environmental sensors
Set-up laboratory or field equipment
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Collect blood or tissue samples
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Implement pollution control techniques
Employ statistical process control procedures
Follow safety procedures and regulations in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities
Perform chemical processing emergency procedures
Implement health or sanitation standards
Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
Determine negligence or violation of laws or regulations

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Legal Compliance
Project Management
Data Collection
Commercial Driver's License
Staff Management

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