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Pollution Control Technologist

Pollution control technologists conduct inspections, tests and field investigations to determine the extent of existing air, water or soil contamination and find ways to control and prevent contamination.

Also Known As

Air Quality Specialist, Biological Sciences Technician/Technologist, Environmental Technician/Technologist, Laboratory Technician/Technologist, Water Quality Specialist

Regulated Occupation

Employment and Advancement

Occupational outlook is currently unavailable. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Pollution control technologists may work for the following types of organizations:

  • government research laboratories or inspection and maintenance departments
  • environmental consultants
  • electric utility generation facilities
  • water and wastewater treatment plants
  • private research organizations
  • environmental monitoring agencies
  • waste management companies
  • oil and gas companies
  • petrochemical companies
  • pulp and paper companies.

Pollution control technologists sometimes work as inspectors, instrument specialists, technical representatives for equipment manufacturers, or in other fields directly related to environmental investigation and enforcement.

In large organizations, experienced technologists may advance to supervisory and management positions.

Pollution control technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2211: Chemical Technologists and Technicians. In Alberta, 83% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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