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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
Southwest Minnesota 6015$20.06/hr$13.62/hr$14.77/hr$18.71/hr$24.07/hr$27.39/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services350$19.98/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration140$24.77/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$23.87/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$24.30/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$30.01/hr0.0%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$18.53/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$24.77/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$24.66/hr11.1%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$23.71/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$23.74/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 40$24.30/hr11.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$24.36/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 50$23.59/hr6.0%
Southwest Minnesota 60$18.71/hr7.0%
Southeast Balance of State 60$18.58/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 300$24.94/hr6.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 330$24.94/hrN/A
Minnesota 540$23.90/hr5.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians 270$31.05/hr3.9%
Forest and Conservation Technicians 770$24.95/hr2.7%
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers 100$30.76/hr-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.