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Career and Education Opportunities for Environmental Technicians in Idaho

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and biggest city is Boise.

About 250 people are currently employed as environmental technicians in Idaho. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 27% to 310 people employed. 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%. Environmental technicians generally perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health.

The income of an environmental technician is about $9 per hour or $20,460 annually on average in Idaho. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $19 hourly or $40,230 per year on average. Compared with people working in the overall category of Life Science Technical, people working as environmental technicians in Idaho earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Life Science Technical nationally. Jobs in this field include: smog technician, regulatory affairs specialist, and water quality technician.

In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Approximately 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.

CITIES WITH Environmental Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN Idaho


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 Idaho include:

  • Chemist. Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or chemical experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Idaho

Idaho
Idaho photo by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Idaho has a population of 1,545,801, which has grown by 19.46% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Gem State," Idaho's capital and biggest city is Boise. In 2008, there were a total of 939,793 jobs in Idaho. The average annual income was $32,994 in 2008, up from $32,837 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Idaho was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Roughly 21.7% of Idaho residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Idaho include semiconductor electronic component manufacturing, fruit preserving food manufacturing, and frozen food manufacturing.