Career Outlook

Bringing Balance and Sustainability to Life

As supplies, climate, and population concentrations shift, demand for environmental engineering solutions is predicted to increase, from corporations and municipalities, here in the U.S. and internationally. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.BLS) has predicted 22% growth for employment opportunities in this field from 2010 to 2020. This rate is above average, and is predicted to involve activities motivated to protect water supplies, as well as the movement of businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to adopt and utilize the latest technologies.

The changes seen in global industrialization and production are driving a need for those who develop solutions to environmental problems, convert industries in sustainable practices, and protect public health through pollution controlling mechanisms.

Environmental engineers use principles of engineering, biology, and chemistry to perform work in a variety of settings, from offices to construction sites to water sources. The U.S.BLS specifically states that, in this field, employers “value practical experience,” so WPI’s theory and practice model brings graduates credibility and value in the marketplace:

  • The U.S.BLS. put the 2010 median annual wage of environmental engineers at $78,740.
  • According to CNN Money Magazine, Environmental Engineer is the #10 job in a fast-growth field for 2011, with a median annual wage of $81,200 and 31% 10-year growth rate, which, when compared with the U.S.BLS information, demonstrates the expanding nature of this field.