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I'm interested in becoming an environmental engineer. What are the working conditions like?

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Environmental engineers design and evaluate systems, processes and equipment for air, water and soil pollution assessment, prevention and control, solid and hazardous waste management, and remediation of contaminated sites.

Working environments for environmental engineers are as varied as their projects. They may spend most of a working day at a computer workstation, on a project work site or participating in a public hearing. They usually work with a team that may include professionals from other engineering and scientific disciplines, contractors, project owners, architects, bankers, lawyers or government officials.

When working in hazardous conditions, environmental engineers must wear personal protective equipment. Travel for extended periods of time may be required.