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Field Services Tech (e.g., Sampling, Monitoring)

Career Overview

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

Career Outlook

Projections 2022-2030

New job opportunities are very likely in the future. With a
11% Percent change.

2020 Employment


2030 Employment


What training is needed?

People starting in this career usually have:

  • Associate's degree
  • No work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you for this career are:
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental/Environmental Engineering Technology/Technician

What does a typical day look like?

  • Confer with clients to exchange information.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Direct natural resources management or conservation programs.
  • Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2055370
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.