This program has Fast Track Career options that let you skill up with an in-demand career certificate that employers are looking for. See awards below for Fast Track options.
Help protect the environment by studying Austin Community College’s Environmental Science and Technology Program. With specialized training and fieldwork, you’ll learn about Earth’s natural systems and the effect that human populations have on their structure and function. This program offers multiple paths to a career, including a fast-track certificate that allows you to work while continuing to complete one of two associate degree options. Advanced certifications also will enable you to pursue further in-depth training.
Career & transfer options
Qualified, trained professionals in environmental science are in demand, as job outlook continues to grow, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Check out some of the career opportunities below.
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Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.
Hourly Wage: $
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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.
Hourly Wage: $
# people are employed as Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health. This number is expected to # over the next four years.
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
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# people are employed as Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health. This number is expected to # over the next four years.
ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.
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