Environmental Technician

Job Description:

An Environmental Technician assists in collecting and analysing environmental data, conducting tests, and supporting fieldwork for environmental assessments and projects.

Job Category:
Environmental Industry

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:

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Entry Requirements:

To become an environmental technician, focusing on these GCSE subjects can be advantageous:

  1. Science (Biology and Chemistry): Provides foundational understanding of environmental processes and chemical interactions.
  2. Geography: Offers insights into ecosystems, natural resources, and environmental dynamics.
  3. Mathematics: Develops analytical and quantitative skills useful for data analysis.
  4. English: Enhances communication skills for documenting findings and reports.
  5. 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.

Field Experience

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.