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Career and Education Opportunities for Environmental Technicians in Kentucky

Kentucky has a population of 4,314,113, which has grown by 6.74% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Bluegrass State," its capital is Frankfort, though its most populous city is Lexington-Fayette.

There are currently 680 working environmental technicians in Kentucky; this should grow by 7% to about 730 working environmental technicians in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for environmental technicians, which sees this job pool growing by about 28.9% over the next eight years. Environmental technicians generally perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health.

A person working as an environmental technician can expect to earn about $18 hourly or $38,520 yearly on average in Kentucky and about $19 per hour or $40,230 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Environmental technicians earn more than people working in the category of Life Science Technical generally in Kentucky and more than people in the Life Science Technical category nationally. Environmental technicians work in a variety of jobs, including: industrial pretreatment program specialist , hazardous waste technician, and emergency spill response technician.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,442,252 jobs in Kentucky. The average annual income was $31,936 in 2008, up from $31,060 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Kentucky was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.9% since the previous year. Roughly 17.1% of Kentucky residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Kentucky include tobacco product merchant wholesalers, alumina production, and couriers.

CITIES WITH Environmental Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN Kentucky


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 Kentucky 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: Kentucky

Kentucky
Kentucky photo by Richard Hurt

Kentucky has a population of 4,314,113, which has grown by 6.74% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Bluegrass State," its capital is Frankfort, though its biggest city is Lexington-Fayette. In 2008, there were a total of 2,442,252 jobs in Kentucky. The average annual income was $31,936 in 2008, up from $31,060 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Kentucky was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.9% since the previous year. About 17.1% of Kentucky residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Kentucky include tobacco product merchant wholesalers, alumina production, and couriers.