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Environmental Technicians

Descriptions & Duties

  • Environmental Technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution. (Environmental Technicians usually perform laboratory and field tests and work under the supervision of environmental specialists.)

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Environmental project implementation knowledge and skills

To help Environmental Engineers to implement environmental projects, Environmental Technicians must understand and familiar with their responsible tasks from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals, peers and subordinates and have to ensure that the projects are well completed.

Professional knowledge and skills in environmental engineering

Environmental Technicians must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to environmental engineering to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a higher diploma or an associate degree in environmental studies or relevant science/ engineering discipline


  • usually have some work experiences in related occupation

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$35,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$90,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Environmental Technicians usually work in laboratories, offices and outdoors, assisting environmental engineers to solve environmental engineering problems.


  • Air pollutant samplers
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Centrifuges
  • Chemical absorption gas analysers
  • Digital cameras
  • Gas detector tubes
  • Hygrometers
  • Laboratory diluters
  • Micromanometers
  • Ohmmeters
  • pH meters
  • Radon detectors
  • Sampling pumps
  • Sewer surveillance cameras
  • Soil testing kits
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
  • Vibration testers
  • Water analysers

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