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Environmental Technology

192 Associates's Degrees Annually
157 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#111 in Popularity (Associate's)
$54,800 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Environmental Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many environmental engineering technology/environmental technology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 192
Bachelor’s Degree 157
Undergraduate Certificate 24
Basic Certificate 19

What Environmental Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, environmental engineering techn majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Environmental Engineering Tech Majors

Environmental Engineering Techn majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Environmental Engineering Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to environmental engineering techn:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Environmental Engineering Tech Majors

Environmental Engineering Techn majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Environmental Technology Major?

People with a environmental engineering techn degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Environmental Engineering Technicians 12.4% $50,560

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Technology?

192 Associate's Degrees Annually
38% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 62% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of environmental engineering techn majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Environmental Engineering Tech Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 20
White 134
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 11

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Environmental Engineering Tech. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Environmental Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Environmental Engineering Techn majors often go into careers with median salaries of $54,800. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with environmental engineering techn may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to environmental engineering techn have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 10.8%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 8.2%
Some College Courses 6.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 67.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.7%
Master’s Degree 0.9%

Online Environmental Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 69 schools offered a environmental engineering techn program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 14 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 17 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 47 4
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 14 2
Master’s Degree 7 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Environmental Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a environmental engineering techn grad is $54,800 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 37% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $298,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to environmental engineering techn.

Major Number of Grads
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 6,462
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Management & Recycling Technology/Technician 1,594
Energy Management & Systems Technology/Technician 912
Hazardous Materials Management & Waste Technology/Technician 180
Solar Energy Technology/Technician 178
Other Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians 105

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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