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Career and Education Opportunities for Environmental Technicians in Nevada

Nevada has a population of 2,643,085, which has grown by 32.27% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Silver State," its capital is Carson City, though its largest city is Las Vegas.

There are currently 220 working environmental technicians in Nevada; this should grow 28% to 280 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 $24 per hour or $51,730 yearly on average in Nevada and about $19 per hour or $40,230 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Life Science Technical, people working as environmental technicians in Nevada earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Life Science Technical nationally. Jobs in this field include: environmental compliance technician, soil analyst, and source control inspector.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,638,004 jobs in Nevada. The average annual income was $40,936 in 2008, up from $40,930 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Nevada was 11.8% in 2009, which has grown by 5.1% since the previous year. About 18.2% of Nevada residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nevada include accommodation services, accommodation, and traveler accommodation. Notable tourist attractions include the Nevada State Museum & Historical Society, the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and the Neon Museum.

CITIES WITH Environmental Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN Nevada


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 Nevada 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.
  • 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Nevada

Nevada
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Nevada has a population of 2,643,085, which has grown by 32.27% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Silver State," its capital is Carson City, though its largest city is Las Vegas. In 2008, there were a total of 1,638,004 jobs in Nevada. The average annual income was $40,936 in 2008, up from $40,930 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Nevada was 11.8% in 2009, which has grown by 5.1% since the previous year. About 18.2% of Nevada residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Nevada include accommodation services, accommodation, and traveler accommodation. Notable tourist attractions include the Sin Gentlemen's Club, the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and the Lied Discovery Children's Museum.