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Environmental EngineerAlternative titles
This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Natural Resources Engineer
- Waste Water Engineer
Environmental engineers assess the impact of engineering projects on water, soil, air and noise levels, and advise and design ways to minimise this impact. They also plan and design systems to treat and remove waste, such as waste water systems.
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What are the chances of getting a job?
Job opportunities are particularly good for experienced environmental engineers.
According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, the number of environmental engineers rose from 263 in March 2007 to 326 in March 2012.
The job of environmental engineer is on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list, which means the Government is actively encouraging skilled environmental engineers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
Spending on infrastructure creates steady demand for environmental engineers
New environmental standards mean that many local authorities are upgrading their water infrastructure. Between 2010 and 2020, $11.46 billion will be spent nationally on maintaining and upgrading water collection, treatment and waste water facilities. Environmental engineers are needed to help design and supervise this work.
Government spending on infrastructure is also contributing to demand for environmental engineers. In the 2011 Budget and the National Infrastructure Plan, the Government has outlined plans to spend about $12.2 billion on upgrading New Zealand's state highway network by 2021. It has also allocated $7.6 billion for new public buildings such as schools, hospitals and prisons over the next 20 years.
Environmental engineers will be needed to help monitor and offset the environmental impact of these works.
Variety of employers
Environmental engineers work for a variety of employers, including:
- private engineering consultancies
- regional and local government authorities
- infrastructure and utility companies, such as roading and electricity companies
- government agencies, such as the Ministry for the Environment.
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Progression and specialisations
Environmental engineers may progress into managerial roles or become partners in an engineering firm. They may also set up their own business and work as self-employed contractors.
Environmental engineers can also specialise in areas such as:
- project management
- construction management
- health and safety
- environmental science.
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Updated 14 Mar 2013