The task of environmental engineers is to introduce new technologies for equipment, systems and installations in order to facilitate our lives and help protect the environment.
The range of activities of environmental engineers also includes land protection and environmental resource management. The range of tasks for this profession is constantly expanding. As a result, environmental engineers are obliged to provide effective answers/solutions to numerous environmental and territorial problems including water resources management and control, land protection, energy resources and waste disposal, among others.
Environmental engineers can find employment in consulting companies offering environmental audits concerned with environmental protection and potential dangers, as well as in manufacturing and service companies whose activities pose a potential threat to us and the environment.
Environmental engineers are required, among others to possess general knowledge of environmental protection, knowledge concerned with environmental protection in industry, analytical skills, and to be familiar with the rules of the wise usage of the environment.
In order to work as an environmental engineer, you must complete environmental protection studies. You can also attend postgraduate schools to broaden your knowledge and raise your qualifications.
Security/safety management and environmental protection have become popular in the recent years. This applies to both companies whose activities pose a direct threat to the environment, a to many other manufacturing and service companies, since environmental protection also deals with waste management control and hazardous waste utilization. Environmental engineers can also run their own consulting businesses.
In order to perceive the profession of an environmental engineer with regards to the reality of the contemporary national and European labor market, it is worth familiarizing oneself with the national Integrated Qualifications System and the European Qualifications Framework.
The national Integrated Qualifications System, created under the supervision of the Minister of National Education as a response to the recommendation of the European Parliament and the European Council, answers the changes in the European labor market and economy. Its goal is to increase the number of people interested in official competences and raising their qualifications. This in turn has an influence on one’s professional situation and sense of security in the labor market. The Integrated Qualifications System is to help employees with a credible presentation of their qualifications not only to employers inside the country, but also to European employers.
The point of reference for the national Integrated Qualifications System is the European Qualifications Framework. It facilitates communication and the credible comparison of qualification systems in European Union countries. As a result, students, graduates and employers have the opportunity to better understand and compare the qualifications given in different membership countries and in different educational systems.
You can find more information about the European Qualifications Framework at:
You can find more information about the national Integrated Qualifications System at:
1. www.eacea.ec.europa.eu (England)
2. www.eacea.ec.europa.eu (Northern Ireland)
3. www.scqf.org.uk (Scotland)
4. www.eacea.ec.europa.eu (Wales)