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Career and Education Opportunities for Environmental Technicians in Alabama

Alabama has a population of 4,708,708, which has grown by 5.88% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," its capital is Montgomery, though its biggest city is Birmingham.

There are currently 280 working environmental technicians in Alabama; this should grow 8% to about 310 working environmental technicians in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for environmental technicians are expected to grow by about 28.9%. In general, environmental technicians perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health.

Environmental technicians earn about $17 hourly or $36,180 annually on average in Alabama and about $19 hourly or $40,230 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Life Science Technical, people working as environmental technicians in Alabama earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Life Science Technical nationally. People working as environmental technicians can fill a number of jobs, such as: air pollution auditor, biological/microbiological lab technician, and ground water technician.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,640,717 jobs in Alabama. The average annual income was $33,655 in 2008, up from $32,803 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Alabama was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.9% since the previous year. About 19.0% of Alabama residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Alabama include manufacturing magnetic media, asphalt shingle materials manufacturing, and perishable prepared food manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Terrace Cafe, the Southern Museum of Flight, and the McWane Center.

CITIES WITH Environmental Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN Alabama


JOB DESCRIPTION: Environmental Technician

In general, environmental technicians perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health. They also under direction of an environmental scientist or specialist, may collect samples of gases, soil, and other materials for testing and take corrective actions as assigned.

Every day, environmental technicians are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to read and understand documents and reports.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Alabama include:

  • Agricultural Technician. Set up and maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens and record data to assist scientist in biology or related science experiments.
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician. Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for purposes, such as research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.
  • Chemist. Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
  • Food Science Technician. Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.
  • Forensic Investigator. Collect, identify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, or biochemistry.
  • Forestry and Wildlife Manager. Compile data pertaining to size, content, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under direction of foresters; train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats, and help provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.
  • Soil Scientist. Conduct research in breeding, physiology, and management of crops and agricultural plants, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Alabama

Alabama
Alabama photo by Melinda Shelton

Alabama has a population of 4,708,708, which has grown by 5.88% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," its capital is Montgomery, though its most populous city is Birmingham. In 2008, there were a total of 2,640,717 jobs in Alabama. The average annual income was $33,655 in 2008, up from $32,803 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alabama was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.9% since the previous year. Approximately 19.0% of Alabama residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Alabama include manufacturing magnetic media, asphalt shingle materials manufacturing, and perishable prepared food manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Alan's Discount Music, the The Hip Hop Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.