Question: I want to enter environmental engineering, but I want to know if it involves mechanical and electronic things. And is the salary good enough? And do I have to have an engineering license??What is the benefit of having one???
by Shamma, UAE
on November 2, 2012
All engineering disciplines require studying the fundamentals of engineering, which includes mechanics and electronics. However, these are not the focus of an environmental engineering degree. I found that classes like Statics and Electrical Engineering were fun because there were so many different engineering majors all in the same class.
The salary for Environmental Engineers is not typically on the high end of the salary range, but I would definitely say it is good enough.
Many environmental engineers do obtain a Professional Engineering (PE) license. Depending upon what type of job you are interested, a PE license may be a benefit. I started my career as an environmental consultant and used my PE license to enhance my credentials. For example, some state environmental regulations require a PE to certify contingency plans for industrial facilities.
I know environmental engineers in a variety of careers – you could work for the US EPA, you could own your own environmental consulting business, you could be an environmental manager at an airline, or an operations manager at a steel mill. The doors are open for Environmental Engineers!
I hope this helps- good luck!
I agree with Kristin's answers to this question. Environmental engineers can work in a variety of industries and a variety of technical areas, from designing air pollution control equipment (which may require knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering concepts, as well as principles from chemical engineering) to building water and wastewater treatment plants, to investigating properties for contamination.
Salaries vary depending on the industry, and of course experience, and are not as high as some other engineering disciplines but are definitely good professional salaries.
A professional engineering license is a good credential to have, because you never know where your career will lead you. It demonstrates both your technical knowledge and your commitment to the profession.