Employment of environmental engineering technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment in this occupation is typically tied to projects created by environmental engineers. State and local governments are expected to focus their efforts and resources on efficient water use, storm water management, and wastewater treatment over the next decade. These areas of emphasis should serve to increase demand for environmental engineering technicians. There will also be demand for environmental technicians working in consulting firms as governments and larger firms look to reduce costs.
The increasing call to clean up contaminated sites, as mandated by Congress and directed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is expected to help sustain demand for environmental engineering technicians' services. Recently, the EPA expanded its purview under the Clean Water Act to cover tributaries. Environmental engineering technicians are expected to be needed to help utilities and water treatment plants comply with new federal or state environmental regulations.
Environmental Engineering Technicians
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Environmental engineering technicians
Total, all occupations
Drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program