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Environmental Engineering Career Information

Environmental Engineering Careers

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree at The Ohio State University will train the next generation of environmental engineering professionals for the state of Ohio, and thereby support the state in meeting goals for development in an environmentally responsible manner, and assist Ohio in becoming a leader in the creation and application of new environmental technologies.

  • Students study topics ranging from ecological engineering, to air pollution, to sustainability.
  • ENE graduate finds jobs in an equally diverse market; some work closely with other engineering disciplines, while others may work in public health, storm or waste water treatement, or air pollution control, to name a few.
  • Environmental Engineers find themselves as project managers, researchers, teachers, and of course, performing pure Environmental Engineering duties.
Professional Opportunities

Why study Environmental Engineering?  Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, water and air pollution control, and much more.

  • Starting salaries for Ohio State Environmental Engineering graduates averaged $57,460 from 2015-2016.
  • Employers of these graduates included: Accenture, AECOM, Georgia-Pacific, Eaton, ERM, MS Consultants, and more.
Co-ops and Internships
  • We recommend that students register with Engineering Career Services (ECS) towards the end of their freshman year.
  • Students should set up an appointment with their advisor to discuss how a co-op or internship may impact their academic schedule.
  • The average co-op and internship wage for Ohio State Environmental Engineering students from 2015-2016 was $15.40 an hour.
  • Employers of co-ops and internships included: Columbus Castings, General Electric, Ohio EPA, PPG Industries, the State of Ohio, Proctor & Gamble, and more.
Exploring Environmental Engineering

Furthermore, at Ohio State, you can enroll as a pre-major in Environmental Engineering and get involved in one of our affiliated student projects to be sure you get exposed to what ENE is all about early on. If your interests change at some point and decide that ENE really isn't for you, the prerequisites for our program often transfer over to other fields of study, especially the other fields of engineering - giving you flexibility to change your mind.