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Dolor, Vinna L. asked Margaret Byron, Penn State University

AddedSaturday, January 5, 2019 at 5:34 AM

Hello! I just wanna ask if environmental engineering is really needed in our planet? And do think, taking environmental engineering is a good choice?
Cause, I had seen in my research that says that some companies don't hire many environmental engineers and it doesn't really apply. Thanks.
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  • Margaret Byron , Penn State University
    Answered Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5:36 PM
    Hi Vinna!  Short answer: yes, environmental engineers are definitely needed.  
    One thing you might not realize is that the term "environmental engineer" applies to a lot of different scientific disciplines. My area of expertise is environmental fluid mechanics, which deals with the motion of air and water in the environment.  So you might use that to predict ocean currents, or erosion patterns in river deltas, or even how animals swim.  Other environmental engineers work on problems related to water and air quality; some engineers even end up working in environmental policy. Not all companies hire environmental engineers (and some are really only hiring them to see how much they can mess up the planet *legally*!).  But there are many companies and government agencies that hire environmental engineers. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is a great one in the U.S., as is the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). USAID also works with lots of environmental engineers. There are lots of startups in environmental engineering too, related to clean energy usage or environmental remediation (fixing stuff in the environment that we've messed up).  So there are lots of fulfilling jobs out there for someone who cares about the environment and wants to help using engineering tools!