Environmental engineers held about 55,100 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most environmental engineers were as follows:
Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
State government, excluding education and hospitals
Local government, excluding education and hospitals
Federal government, excluding postal service
They work in a variety of settings because of the nature of the tasks they do:
When they are working with other engineers and with urban and regional planners, environmental engineers are likely to be in offices.
When they are working with businesspeople and lawyers, environmental engineers are likely to be at seminars, where they present information and answer questions.
When they are working with hazardous waste technicians and environmental scientists, environmental engineers work at specific sites outdoors.
Most environmental engineers work full time. Those who manage projects often work more than 40 hours per week to monitor the project's progress, ensure deadlines are met, and recommend corrective action when needed. About 1 out of 5 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2014.