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Occupational Employment Statistics


19-4042 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 407$27.64/hr$16.61/hr$20.92/hr$25.25/hr$34.64/hr$39.43/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services380$21.72/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/A$30.34/hr
Public Administration200$29.34/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$25.39/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/A$24.83/hr11.1%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$28.55/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$18.52/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$30.47/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$24.75/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$24.87/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$25.49/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 40$25.25/hr0.0%
Northwest Balance of State 50$21.11/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$24.87/hr11.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$24.83/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 70$18.85/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$21.66/hr6.0%
Southwest Minnesota 80$18.86/hr7.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 380$26.66/hr6.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 420$26.66/hrN/A
Minnesota 700$24.79/hr5.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians 170$31.76/hr3.9%
Forest and Conservation Technicians 710$24.66/hr2.7%
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers 130N/A-3.8%

  • Monitor emission control devices to ensure they are operating properly and comply with state and federal regulations.
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
  • Maintain files, such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information, or diagrams showing equipment locations.
  • Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
  • Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
  • Direct activities of workers in laboratory.
  • Direct activities of workers in laboratory.
  • Investigate hazardous conditions or spills or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
  • Weigh, analyze, or measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock, to determine concentration of pollutants.
  • Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment.