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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
    • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
    • Develop or implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation.
    • Investigate hazardous conditions or spills or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
    • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments.
    • Provide information or technical or program assistance to government representatives, employers, or the general public on the issues of public health, environmental protection, or workplace safety.
    • Direct activities of workers in laboratory.
    • Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution.
    • Monitor emission control devices to ensure they are operating properly and comply with state and federal regulations.
    • Inspect sanitary conditions at public facilities.
    • Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.
    • Inspect workplaces to ensure the absence of health and safety hazards, such as high noise levels, radiation, or potential lighting hazards.
    • Initiate procedures to close down or fine establishments violating environmental or health regulations.
    • Weigh, analyze, or measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock, to determine concentration of pollutants.
    • Develop or implement site recycling or hazardous waste stream programs.
    • Perform statistical analysis of environmental data.
    • Analyze potential environmental impacts of production process changes and recommend steps to mitigate negative impacts.
    • Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis.
    • Determine amounts and kinds of chemicals to use in destroying harmful organisms or removing impurities from purification systems.
    • Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment.
    • Make recommendations to control or eliminate unsafe conditions at workplaces or public facilities.
    • Distribute permits, closure plans, or cleanup plans.
    • Maintain files, such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information, or diagrams showing equipment locations.
    • Develop testing procedures.
    • Calculate amount of pollutant in samples or compute air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes, using chemical and mathematical formulas.
    • Conduct standardized tests to ensure materials or supplies used throughout power supply systems meet processing and safety specifications.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $44,770/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $21.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,560
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Water samplers
    • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
    • Sampling pumps
    • Flowmeters
    • Air samplers or collectors
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Map creation software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.