Environmental Engineers

risk level
Based on 187 votes
by year 2032
or $46.40 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

0.7% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

29% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 0.7% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Environmental Engineers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Environmental Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 4.2% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Environmental Engineers' was $96,530, or $46 per hour

'Environmental Engineers' were paid 108.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 45,440 people employed as 'Environmental Engineers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as 'Environmental Engineers'.

Job description

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

SOC Code: 17-2081.00


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noni (No chance) says
it lacks some essential qualities that are vital for quality work. It is a known fact that AI cannot empathize with people i.e., understand sufferers' unique requirements or provide emotional support while environmental needs are assessed and timelines made around human urgency to have basic needs met. Such as clean water, clean air, etc.
Jan 11, 2024 at 07:50 AM
Erik (Low) says
The amount of physical dexterity and creativity and emotional intelligence, especially as it relates to environmental engineering applications in rural farming, land surveying, politics, and housing.
May 18, 2023 at 12:00 PM
Brian (Low) says
Practicality and contextual information about surrounding natural/built environment -- unlikely automation could replace a dynamic and hand-on field
Mar 18, 2023 at 06:05 PM
Chris (No chance) says
Remediation treatment system design and maintenance require creativity. I think the job of field work technicians will likely be automated as instruments and equipment are introduced to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Mar 16, 2022 at 05:27 PM
nicholas (Low) says
because the environment is always changing by humans and robots cant learn everything that humans do because they are unpredictable
Aug 30, 2019 at 02:51 PM
John (Low) says
More field work involved than other engineering professions.
Apr 11, 2019 at 11:15 PM

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