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Careers in Environmental Engineering

Career Opportunities

The Environmental Engineering program at Penn State Harrisburg provides a comprehensive education for students interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field. Graduates will be qualified to work at the entry level in a variety of jobs related to environmental protection and management in different career settings. Environmental engineers work in the private sector, government, and academia. Engineering consulting firms hire engineers to work with local governments on issues such as air and water pollution control and solid and hazardous waste management. Some manufacturing industries employ environmental engineers to help keep them in compliance with government regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency hires most environmental engineers who work for the federal government. The departments of Defense and Energy employ others. State agencies and metropolitan governments hire environmental engineers to help carry out federally mandated programs. Local health, water, sewer, and public works departments also hire engineers. Also, universities, testing laboratory interest groups, and research organizations employ environmental engineers to perform research and give advice on environmental issues. Advanced study is also an option and students are qualified to pursue graduate education in engineering-related majors.


FORTUNE Magazine- Hot Careers for the Next 10 Year

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Environmental engineers are projected to have 25% employment increase in the next decade, the highest among all engineering professions


What kind of jobs need an Environmental Engineering degree?

With a degree in Environmental Engineering, a student can pursue the following sampling of employment opportunities:

  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Assistant Policy Specialist
  • Director of Public Safety
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Health Research Scientist
  • Field Chemist
  • Hazard Communication Researcher
  • Health Assessment Specialist
  • Health Risk Assessor
  • Hydro geologist
  • Information Specialist
  • Manager of Safety Design Planner
  • Planning Director for Water Standards
  • Operator
  • Plant Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Sanitarian
  • Solid Waste Project Director
  • Waste Minimization
  • Water Resource Manager
  • Wetlands Ecologist

Where have Penn State Harrisburg Environmental Engineering graduates been hired?

Local Engineering firms

ARRO Group
Lancaster, PA
Mechanicsburg, PA
Reading, PA

Camp Dresser & McKee
Philadelphia, PA
Lancaster,PA
Pittsburgh, PA
CET Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
Huntington, PA
Trevose, PA
Gannett Fleming
Chambersburg, PA
Clearfield, PA
Harrisburg, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
State College, PA
Valley Forge, PA
Glace Associates, Inc.
Camp Hill, PA
Robert Kimball & Associates
Ebensburg, PA
Coraopolis, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Spotts Stevens McCoy
Reading PA
Lehigh Valley, PA

Brinjac Engineering Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Allentown, PA
Montoursville, PA


Dawood Engineering
Enola, PA
Carlisle, PA
Canonsburg, PA
FPE Consulting Engineers
Dillsburg, PA
Hartman & Associates
Camp Hill, PA
Skelly and Loy Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
Benatec Associates
New Cumberland, PA
Buchart Horn Inc.
York, PA
Erdman Anthony Associates
Mechanicsburg, PA
Herbert Rowland & Grubic Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
Lancaster, PA
State College, PA
Gettysburg, PA
Cranberry Township, PA
Bartonsville, PA
Lewisburg, PA
Hermitage, PA
Dunmore, PA
Rummel Klepper Kahl Consulting Engineers
Norristown, PA
York, PA
Bankson Engineering Inc.
Indianola, PA
Exel
Ohio, OH
Kurowski and Wilson LLC
Harrisburg, PA
Walter B. Satterthwaite Assoc. Inc.
West Chester, PA