Environmental engineers can enjoy a range of career paths and work environments. They may work in an office setting, collaborating with planners and other engineers to develop new projects. They may consult with businesses or lawyers, providing expertise on environmental impact, or they may work outdoors analyzing samples or doing quality control.
Environmental engineers face strong demand for their skills on the job market, nationwide, as concerns about water use, climate change and pollution are on the rise. With accelerating population growth and limited resources, environmental engineers are taking a more prominent role, with issues surrounding water quality and water availability at the forefront.
Current estimates for job growth in the environmental engineering field are very strong, with projected 10-year job growth exceeding 30 percent, according to CNNMoney 2011 estimates. Additionally, wages in the field are highly competitive, with a 2011 report from Georgetown University showing environmental engineering majors had median salaries of $70,000.