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Environmental engineers design and supervise systems to prevent and control pollution in water, in the air, on land, and in ground water. Pollution can occur in the chemical processing of goods or with the disposal of waste material as a result of the processing and its use. Industrial wastes and spent or utilized materials disposal must be designed by the environmental engineer in a manner that will prevent contamination to our air, land, and water resources.

Environmental engineers must translate physical, chemical, and biological processes into systems to help prevent or destroy toxic substances, remove pollutants from water, reduce non-hazardous solid waste through waste minimization and recycling systems, eliminate contaminates from the air, and prevent ground contamination. A major objective for an environmental engineer is to protect the public's health and safety.

Careers in Environmental Engineering

Generally, most environmental engineers begin their careers by working in supporting roles. As expertise and judgment is acquired through experience, more substantive and leadership roles become available.
 

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