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Career and Education Opportunities for Environmental Technicians in Nebraska

Nebraska has a population of 1,796,619, which has grown by 4.99% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Cornhusker State," its capital is Lincoln, though its biggest city is Omaha.

There are currently ninety working environmental technicians in Nebraska; this should grow 13% to about 110 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. 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 approximately $20 hourly or $42,660 per year on average in Nebraska. Nationally they average about $19 per hour or $40,230 per year. Environmental technicians earn more than people working in the category of Life Science Technical generally in Nebraska and more than people in the Life Science Technical category nationally. Jobs in this field include: environmental analyst, chemical/analytical lab technician, and energy and conservation technician.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,253,549 jobs in Nebraska. The average annual income was $39,182 in 2008, up from $37,899 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Nebraska was 4.6% in 2009, which has grown by 1.3% since the previous year. Approximately 23.7% of Nebraska residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nebraska include food manufacturing, animal slaughtering, and animal slaughtering. Notable tourist attractions include the Mormon Trail Center, the Tiger Door, and the Joslyn Art Museum.

CITIES WITH Environmental Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN Nebraska


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 Nebraska 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.
  • Biological Sciences Technician. Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.
  • 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: Nebraska

Nebraska
Nebraska photo by Matthew Trump

Nebraska has a population of 1,796,619, which has grown by 4.99% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Cornhusker State," its capital is Lincoln, though its most populous city is Omaha. In 2008, there were a total of 1,253,549 jobs in Nebraska. The average annual income was $39,182 in 2008, up from $37,899 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nebraska was 4.6% in 2009, which has grown by 1.3% since the previous year. Approximately 23.7% of Nebraska residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nebraska include food manufacturing, animal slaughtering, and animal slaughtering. Notable tourist destinations include the Douglas County Historical Society, the Museum Kaneko, and the Joslyn Art Museum.