What should an ideal environmental engineering job profile be?

Hey Kristin, I graduated with a masters in Environmental Engineering. I have a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from India. I am now faced with a big question ....What should an IDEAL job profile be for an environmental engineer or what kind of jobs should one look for. Should I search for job in a designing firm or a environmental consultancy or like you an EH&S guy. I am really confused as I am not sure what exactly my job profile should be and what work is done in each job and also where will I be able to apply the skills I have acquired as an engineer be most suitable to apply.
posted by Sujit, Arlington on October 23, 2015

Answer by Kristin Malosh

Hi Sujit. That's a tough question!
You can apply your engineering skills in any career you choose! I know environmental engineers who are lawyers, work for the USEPA, own their own consultanting company and work in manufacturing- so many choices. Your next step depends on what your current interests look like. Do you like design work? If so, a consultant position might be great for you. Do you find manufacturing processes fascinating? If so, you may want to look at more of a compliance related position in an industrial setting. I started in a consulting company and I found that I was able to work with both regulators and manufacturers. I gained experience with a variety of industries and was able to decide what path to take next. This may be a good option for you if you are undecided on what truly interests you. I hope this helps. Best of luck! -Kristin