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

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

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

Getting Information

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

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

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

Handling and Moving Objects

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

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

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