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Occupation Title: Environmental Science & 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.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-4091

Sample Job Titles: Environmental Technician, Environmental Specialist, Laboratory Specialist, Process Laboratory Specialist, Environmental Health Specialist, Laboratory Technician, Sanitarian, Public Health Sanitarian, Industrial Pretreatment Program Specialist (IPP Specialist), Sanitarian Specialist

Salary Chart Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 28,480
2011: 30,320
2012: 30,890
2013: 34,510
2014: 33,760

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 19,000
Projected Growth (
2012-2022): 15-21%
(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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