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Technician, Environmental Science and Protection, Including Health
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesPerform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health. Under direction of an environmental scientist or specialist, may collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing and take corrective actions as assigned.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$40,200 per year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsScience technicians work under a wide variety of conditions. Most work indoors, usually in laboratories, and have regular hours. Some occasionally work irregular hours to monitor experiments that can't be completed during regular working hours.

Minimum Education RequirementsAssociate's Degree
Technical Program

SkillsMonitoring, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Writing, Reading Comprehension, Science

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Problem Sensitivity, Near Vision, Speech Clarity, Information Ordering, Inductive Reasoning