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Environmental Engineer

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Environmental engineers use scientific and engineering principles to assess the effect of pollution and waste on the environment. They design systems or processes that will solve the problem in the most effective way. This might include designing and building water treatment plants and drainage systems or monitoring land contamination.

The Work

Environmental engineers work on many different types of projects from assessing the environmental impact of building new motorways to testing and monitoring air quality in city centres.

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for environmental engineers is around £22,000 to £28,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £30,000 to £45,000 per year, and in some cases more. Many employers offer additional benefits such as pension scheme and company car.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Environmental engineers work for both private and government organisations, whose clients include developers, local authorities or research organisations. You can look for jobs in the national press or on the internet, such as the Guardian or New Scientist websites, and through specialist agencies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3402
1.4 %
RISE
2024
3450
  United Kingdom
2019
32646
1.6 %
RISE
2024
33182

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

Environmental engineering brings together aspects of mechanical, electrical, electronic, aeronautical, civil, energy and chemical engineering. It also draws from the fields of physics, acoustics, metallurgy, microbiology, pharmacy and many other technical and scientific disciplines.

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Energy and Utility Skills
Tel: 0845 077 9922
Website: http://www.euskills.co.uk/
Website (2): https://www.talentsourcenetwork.co.uk
Twitter: @EUSkills

Energy and Utility Skills is the Sector Skills Council for the electricity, gas, waste management and water sectors. Their website Talent Source Network provides information on careers in the energy and utilities sector.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Tel: 0141 221 5276
E-mail: scotland@ice.org.uk
Website: http://www.ice.org.uk/
Twitter: @ICE_engineers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/institutionofcivilengineers

Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel: 020 7766 0600
Website: http://www.raeng.org.uk
Twitter: @RAEngNews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RAEngineering/

Society of Environmental Engineers
Tel: 020 7630 2132
E-mail: membership@environmental.org.uk
Website: http://environmental.org.uk/

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