Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health (19-4091)

Occupation description:  Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 236246 4.21 1011
United States 36,20039,600 9.5340 1,5201,860

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.0513.1616.47 21.2528.0236.53
Alaska 26.2617.6920.21 23.3932.1041.06
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 26.8317.9520.27 25.2032.0540.09

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
29559 20.033.2 25.4
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation55
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation19
UI claimants previously working in occupation36
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 281
Number of job position postings 111
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.5

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Hazwoper Refresher
OSHA 24-Hour Hazwoper Training Course

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher
Hazwoper 24 Hour
Hazwoper Certificate Bridge 40 Hour
Hazwoper Refresher
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety Refresher

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response: First Responder
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response: HAZWOPER
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response: Refresher
North Slope Training Cooperative

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Hazardous Materials Technician Annual Refresher - ER03
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Annual Refresher - HW04
Hazardous Waste Operations & Hazardous Materials Technician - ER02
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response - HW02
Hazardous Waste Operations Occasional Site Worker - HW01
Hazardous Waste Operations Supervisor - HW03
Highway Emergency Operations - ER07
Highway Specialist - ER04
Hydrogen Sulfide - H2S
On-Scene Incident Commander - ER09
OSHA2 - OSHA (2-day)
OSHA4 - OSHA (4-day)
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Petroleum Workers Safety and Health - S05
Railroad Specialist - ER05
Unescorted Module - NSTC01
Unescorted Module Update/Refresher - NSTC02

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
HAZWOPER Refresher

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Cook Inlet Training Standards & Industrial Safety (CITS) Certificate
Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
Hazwoper-Site Worker (24 Hour)
Hazwoper-Site Worker (40 Hour) Certificate
Hazwoper-Site Worker (8 Hour)
North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC) Unescorted with/without H2S Certificate
Respiratory Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response First-Responder
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Refresher

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Asbestos Abatement Certification Certificate
Asbestos Abatement Renewal Certificate
Asbestos Air Monitoring Certificate
EPA/AHERA Inspector Initial Certificate
EPA/AHERA Inspector Refresher Certificate
EPA/AHERA Management Planner Initial Certificate
EPA/AHERA Management Planner Refresher Certificate
EPA/AHERA Project Design Initial - 24 Hours Certificate
EPA/AHERA Project Design Refresher Certificate
EPA/Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Certificate
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (24 Hour) Certificate
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Initial (40 Hour) Certificate
Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Refresher Certificate
Hazardous Waste Supervisor Certificate
Hazmat Transportation (IATA) Initial - 12 Hours Certificate
Hazmat Transportation (IATA) Refresher - 8 Hours
NSTC 6 PACK Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Endorsement

 Degree
Kindred Spirits School of Massage   (Fairbanks)
ANMA Advanced Practioner
ANMA Basic Practioner
ANMA Japanese Hot Stone Massage
ANMA Practitioner
ANMA Professional Massage
Myofascial Ball Alignment Massage

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Hazwoper 24 Hour / 029
Hazwoper 40 Hour - General Site Worker / 028
Hazwoper Refresher 8 Hour / 035
Health, Safety & Environmental Technician (HSET)/064
NSTC 2014 ASH Update / 003
NSTC Confined Space Entry / 004
NSTC Energy Isolation / 005
NSTC Fall Protection / 006
NSTC Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Module/002
NSTC Respiratory Protection /007
NSTC Unescorted/001
PEC Premier Basic Orientation / 051
PEC Premier Core Compliance / 052

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
AHERA Building Inspector Initial Certificate
AHERA Building Inspector Refresher Certificate
Asbestos Awareness Certificate
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial Certificate
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher Certificate
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher – Online Certificate
Asbestos Project Designer Initial Certificate
Asbestos Project Designer Refresher Certificate
Hazard Communication
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Initial Certificate
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Initial Certificate
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Refresher Certificate
Lead Awareness Certificate
Lead-based Paint Renovation Repair Painting
NIOSH 582

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Hazwoper, 40 Hour Certificate
Hazwoper, 8 Hour Refresher Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Technology Bac

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Apprenticeship Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Apprenticeship Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Apprenticeship Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Interior Alaska   (Fairbanks)
Apprenticeship Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Apprenticeship Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Apprenticeship Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Apprenticeship Technology AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Hazwoper 24 Hour
Hazwoper 40 Hour
Hazwoper 8 Hour
North Slope Training Consortium (NTSC)

 Degree
VIP Alaska   (Kenai)
Environmental Emergencies

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Hazwoper Certification, 40-Hour Certificate
Hazwoper Refresher Certification, 8-Hour Certificate

 Degree
Zender Environmental Health & Research Group   (Anchorage)
Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training (RACEJT) Program Certificate