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Author

Sustainability Ambassadors

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Article

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

PDF

Environmental Engineer

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Synopsis
  • This article explores the job responsibilities of an environmental engineer, advantages and disadvantages of this position, as well as skills and education required to succeed in this role.
  • Students will learn that environmental engineers analyze air and water quality, there's a lot of room for discovery in this position, and a bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering field is required to obtain this role.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Most of the article's information is provided by a former environmental engineer who has a master's degree in environmental engineering.
  • The engineer in this article has multiple life experiences that teens/young adults can relate to.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be helpful if students already know the median income in America, so they can put the salary estimates in a proper context.
  • It may be beneficial if students already have a basic understanding of sustainability.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can use this article as a conceptual introduction to water quality maintenance and regulation in the United States.
  • Students can use this article for a research project that examines sustainability-focused careers and why these careers are becoming even more important.
  • This article can enhance a classroom discussion on the difficulties of finding a suitable career path and why this struggle is nothing to be ashamed of.
  • This article can support a classroom discussion on the importance of learning about an industry before you enter that industry's workforce.
Scientist Notes
The resource has no specific science to review but highlights information on green careers and skills.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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