Environmental Engineers assess the impact on air, water, soil and noise levels in the vicinity of engineering projects, plan and design equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material, and assess what may cause problems for the environment in the long-term.

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in environmental engineering is needed to work as an Environmental Engineer. Many Environmental Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Specialises in the provision and operation of facilities for potable water supply, wastewater and solid waste collection, treatment and disposal, and air pollution prevention to protect public health and the environment.
    • Designs sewage treatment, water supply and refuse disposal systems.
    • Develops environmental health standards and checks that these are met.

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    • $2,155 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Environmental Engineers

    • 1,300 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 32% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Environmental Engineers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,300 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Environmental Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 32% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services58.6
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services15.3
    Public Administration and Safety8.3
    Mining4.7
    Other Industries13.1

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEnvironmental EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.131.6
    VIC29.825.6
    QLD21.020.0
    SA4.77.0
    WA11.710.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT0.91.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEnvironmental EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-245.6-9.39.3
    25-3439.8-22.922.9
    35-4435.8-22.022.0
    45-5410.5-21.621.6
    55-594.0-9.09.0
    60-641.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationEnvironmental EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate32.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree62.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV1.2-21.121.1
    Year 122.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in environmental engineering is needed to work as an Environmental Engineer. Many Environmental Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Employers look for Other Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and Technology

      85% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Mathematics

      77% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Design

      76% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    4. Chemistry

      75% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    5. Physics

      71% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Work With Work Group or Team

      91% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    5. Contact With Others

      87% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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