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Environmental engineer

What is it like to be an Environmental engineer?

Environmental engineers are concerned with protecting the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity. This is done by studying the project’s design, construction and operation and minimising any adverse effects that it may have on the environment. Environmental engineers are also involved in removing problems caused by past activity, predicting problems caused by accidents such as oil spills, and planning and designing equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material and the conservation and wise use of natural resources.

Environmental engineers work in a range of settings including government departments, local government, private engineering firms and research agencies.

For more information about a career as an Environmental engineer, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Environmental engineers protect natural and built environments by assessing and managing effects of human and other activity. As an environmental engineer, you’ll have an active interest in environmental prosperity and the devotion to explore approaches to improve environmental acceptability of engineering projects.

  • Analytically and technically minded
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment
  • Have an interest in computing and technical design
  • Be practical yet creative

To become a Environmental engineer

To be able to become an Environmental engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science is eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering Science may apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist and, when granted, may use the post-nominal TMIEAust CEngT.

If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are other Master degrees to assist you.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.

After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.


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