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Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 110

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $10.90 - $24.86

Typical Annual Salary: $22,700 - $51,700

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Develop testing procedures or direct activities of workers in laboratory.
  • Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis.
  • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments.
  • Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution.
  • Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.
  • Calculate amount of pollutant in samples or compute air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes, using chemical and mathematical formulas.
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
  • Make recommendations to control or eliminate unsafe conditions at workplaces or public facilities.
  • Weigh, analyze, or measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock to determine concentration of pollutants.
  • 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Air samplers or collectors
  • Flowmeters
  • Sampling pumps
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
  • Water samplers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Map creation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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