Performs 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 or specialist, may collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing, and take corrective actions as assigned.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Service Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Collects samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution.
- Records test data and prepares reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results.
- Develops or implements programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation.
- Discusses test results and analyses with customers.
- Sets up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment.
- Maintains files, such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information, or diagrams showing equipment locations.
- Develops testing procedures or directs activities of workers in laboratory.
- Prepares samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis.
- Calibrates microscopes or test instruments.
- Examines and analyzes material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.
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