Environmental TechnicianJob Description:
An Environmental Technician assists in collecting and analysing environmental data, conducting tests, and supporting fieldwork for environmental assessments and projects.Job Category:
What you will do:
As an environmental technician, you will be:
- Assisting in collecting and analysing environmental samples
- Conducting fieldwork, such as soil and water sampling
- Monitoring air, water, and soil quality
- Testing and operating environmental monitoring equipment
- Assisting with environmental assessments and surveys
- Recording and documenting data accurately
- Contributing to research projects and studies
- Supporting environmental impact assessments
- Following safety protocols and regulations
- Collaborating with scientists and engineers
You will need:
- knowledge in environmental science, basic chemistry and biology
- knowledge in sampling techniques, data collection and lab procedures
- knowledge in regulations and safety protocols
- knowledge in fieldwork skills
As well as:
To become an environmental technician, focusing on these GCSE subjects can be advantageous:
- Science (Biology and Chemistry): Provides foundational understanding of environmental processes and chemical interactions.
- Geography: Offers insights into ecosystems, natural resources, and environmental dynamics.
- Mathematics: Develops analytical and quantitative skills useful for data analysis.
- English: Enhances communication skills for documenting findings and reports.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with data management tools and software.
Choosing these subjects sets a strong foundation for pursuing a career as an environmental technician.
To become an environmental technician, you typically need:
A diploma or associate degree in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or a related field.
Practical experience in sample collection, data recording, and equipment use.
Working Hours and Environment:
Environmental technicians typically follow regular office hours for analysis and reporting, with outdoor fieldwork involving physical tasks; frequent travel to field sites is common.
Career Path & Progression:
The career path of an environmental technician often involves starting as an entry-level assistant, gaining experience in fieldwork and lab tasks, specialising in specific areas, advancing to more complex roles, and potentially moving into project management, consulting, or regulatory positions.