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Career and Education Opportunities for Environmental Technicians in Maine

Maine has a population of 1,318,301, which has grown by 3.40% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Pine Tree State," its capital is Augusta, though its largest city is Portland.

Currently, 200 people work as environmental technicians in Maine. This is expected to grow by 10% to 220 people 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.

A person working as an environmental technician can expect to earn about $15 hourly or $32,090 per year on average in Maine and about $19 per hour or $40,230 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for environmental technicians are not quite as good as in the overall category of Life Science Technical in Maine, and better than the overall Life Science Technical category nationally. Jobs in this field include: soil analyst, air sampling and monitoring, and compliance manager.

In 2008, there were a total of 840,874 jobs in Maine. The average annual income was $36,368 in 2008, up from $35,028 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Maine was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 22.9% of Maine residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Maine include paper manufacturing, pulp, paper, and paperboard mills, and direct selling establishments. Notable tourist attractions include the Maine Historical Society Museum, the Tate House Museum, and the Irish Heritage Center.

CITIES WITH Environmental Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN Maine


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 Maine 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: Maine

Maine
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Maine has a population of 1,318,301, which has grown by 3.40% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Pine Tree State," its capital is Augusta, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 840,874 jobs in Maine. The average annual income was $36,368 in 2008, up from $35,028 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Maine was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 22.9% of Maine residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Maine include paper manufacturing, pulp, paper, and paperboard mills, and direct selling establishments. Notable tourist attractions include the Maine Womens Chistian Temperance Union, the Tate House Museum, and the Portland Harbor Museum.