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Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution.

Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £55,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution.


An Environmental Engineer optimises the use of natural resources, helping to develop renewable energy sources and maximise the use of existing materials.

Why is this role important?

With the world’s population set to reach nine billion in 2050, obtaining enough clean water, air, land and food has become a pressing concern. In the construction sector, this is taken very seriously.

Environmental engineering within the industry revolves around the disposal and management of waste products, the protection of land and the control and mitigation of pollutants.

Environmental Engineers are employed by:

  • environmental consultancies
  • engineering companies
  • local authorities
  • central government departments
  • executive agencies like the Environment Agency

Typical tasks include:

  • Carrying out site assessments
  • Conducting technical audits
  • Evaluating environmental impact
  • Making recommendations on clean-up, reclamation and waste management activities
  • Assessing how a site complies with environmental regulations
  • Using mathematical techniques and computer modelling to assess or forecast past, present and future environmental problems
  • Designing, developing, testing and implementing technical solutions which will help organisations actively reduce their negative impact on the environment
  • Interpreting data
  • Keeping abreast of legislative changes in environmental law
  • Identification and consideration of potential contaminant sources
  • Report writing

Hour & Salary:

  • Newly trained environmental engineers can earn in the region of £17,000 and £25,000 per year 
  • Trained with experience environmental engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 and £55,000 
  • Senior, chartered or master environmental engineers can earn up to £90,000 

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 


As an Environmental Engineer, most full time positions are 40 hours a week.


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Qualifications & Training

A degree (or HNC in Wales) is the minimum entry qualification to become an environmental engineer.

The degree should be in a relevant subject such as:

  • environmental engineering
  • civil engineering
  • marine engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • process engineering

What kind of degree is preferred?

Candidates with MEng degrees are usually preferred.

But if you have a BEng degree, you may be requires to obtain a relevant postgraduate degreee. 

Most employers in this field offer structured graduate development programmes, which culminate in achieving chartered engineer status. 

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Career trends and forecasts

3980 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 3980 civil engineers (which includes environmental engineers) to meet demand every year from 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Greater London followed by East of England and North West.

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