Want to oversee an organization’s environmental program? Environmental engineers develop techniques to recover usable materials and reduce waste in the manufacturing of a product. From designing air pollution control mechanisms for refiners to ensuring a petrochemical facility complies with environmental regulations, environmental engineers play an important role in the energy industry. They research regulations and make recommendations, design and develop environmentally-friendly systems, and provide technical support for environmental remediation and litigation projects.

Qualifications:  Environmental engineers are effective communicators, hard workers and have a positive attitude. They work cooperatively with others and anticipate what needs to be done and take action.

Education:  Employers require entry-level engineers to have a 4-year degree in engineering or the equivalent. Some employers may require an advanced degree.

Average Salary: $83,360 annually (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)