Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Description

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.

Tasks

  • Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution.
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
  • Develop or implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation.
  • Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
  • Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment.
  • Maintain files, such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information, or diagrams showing equipment locations.
  • Develop testing procedures or direct activities of workers in laboratory.
  • Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis.
  • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments.
  • Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.
  • Calculate amount of pollutant in samples or compute air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes, using chemical and mathematical formulas.
  • Make recommendations to control or eliminate unsafe conditions at workplaces or public facilities.
  • Weigh, analyze, or measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock to determine concentration of pollutants.
  • Provide information or technical or program assistance to government representatives, employers, or the general public on the issues of public health, environmental protection, or workplace safety.
  • Conduct standardized tests to ensure materials or supplies used throughout power supply systems meet processing and safety specifications.
  • Perform statistical analysis of environmental data.
  • Respond to and investigate hazardous conditions or spills, or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
  • Determine amounts and kinds of chemicals to use in destroying harmful organisms or removing impurities from purification systems.
  • Inspect sanitary conditions at public facilities.
  • Inspect workplaces to ensure the absence of health and safety hazards, such as high noise levels, radiation, or potential lighting hazards.
  • Distribute permits, closure plans, or cleanup plans.
  • Initiate procedures to close down or fine establishments violating environmental or health regulations.
  • Analyze potential environmental impacts of production process changes and recommend steps to mitigate negative impacts.
  • Develop or implement site recycling or hazardous waste stream programs.
  • Monitor emission control devices to ensure they are operating properly and are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Work Activities

Staffing Organizational Units
Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

Interests

Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Work Values

Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Lay Titles

Air Analyst
Air Pollution Auditor
Air Quality Technician
Air Sampling and Monitoring
Asbestos Abatement Technician
Asbestos Microscopist
Biological/Microbiological Lab Technician
Biotechnician
Chemical/Analytical Lab Technician
Compliance Analyst
Compliance Manager
Decontamination Technician
Emergency Response Technician
Emergency Spill Response Technician
Energy and Conservation Technician
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Compliance Technician
Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Laboratory Technician
Environmental Property Assessor
Environmental Safety Specialist
Environmental Scientist
Environmental Specialist
Environmental Technician
Facility Environmental Technician
Field Sampling Technician
Ground Water Technician
Hazardous Material Technician
Hazardous Materials Analyst
Hazardous Substances Scientist
Hazardous Waste Technician
Industrial Ecology Technician
Industrial Pretreatment Program Specialist (IPP Specialist)
Infectious Waste Technician
Instrumentation Chemist
Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Specialist
Laboratory Technician
Lead-Based Paint Technician
Leaking Underground Storage Tank Remover (LUST Remover)
Mobile Lab Technician
Natural Resource Technician
Pollution Control Technician
Process Environmental Technician
Process Laboratory Specialist
Public Health Sanitarian
Radon Inspector
Remediation Technician
Sample Prep Technician
Sanitarian
Sanitarian Specialist
Smog Technician
Smoke Tester
Soil Analyst
Solid Waste Analyst
Solid Waste Landfill Technician
Solid Waste Technician
Source Control Inspector
Surface Water Technician
Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility Technician (TSDF Technician)
Waste Minimization Technician
Waste/Materials Exchange Specialist
Wastewater Analyst
Wastewater Treatment Plant Chemist
Water Analyst
Water Purification Chemist
Water Quality Analyst
Water Quality Specialist

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$19.83 hourly, $41,240 annual.
Employment (2008):
30,890 employees