Air Pollution Control Engineers solve challenges related to air pollution generated from industry and vehicles. They seek solutions to problems such as global warming, automobile emissions and the depletion of the ozone.
This particular type of engineering requires a strong biology and chemistry background. Often, air pollution control engineers act as consultants to private industry assisting clients with compliance issues and healthier development methods.
A bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering offers an initial step to becoming an Air Pollution Control engineer. Working toward a specialization in air pollution may come in the form of a master’s or doctorate degree.
Immediate employment is typically available with a bachelor’s degree, but an advanced degree, such as a master’s or doctorate, often increases professional opportunities and compensation packages.
An air pollution control engineer specializes in air pollution issues and public health concerns nationwide and worldwide. Some environmental engineers, particularly consultants, work with other engineers from around the world to brainstorm and troubleshoot difficulties. This job may include working everywhere from natural settings with wildlife to highly populated cities and urban communities.
Air pollution control engineers tackle the following jobs daily:
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts significant increases (as much as 25 percent) in the environmental engineering job market. Areas of specialty, such as air pollution control, are predicted to be more in demand over the next decade.
Environmental engineers tend to be less affected by economic downturns due to the importance of preventing pollution. In 2006, this type of engineering position paid $43,000 to $106,000 annually according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average starting salary for an environmental engineer with a bachelor’s degree was $47,000.