Environmental Compliance Inspectors

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About the Job

Inspect and investigate sources of pollution to protect the public and environment and ensure conformance with Federal, State, and local regulations and ordinances.

It is also Called

  • Water Pollution Control Inspector
  • Waste Management Specialist
  • Toxics Program Officer
  • State Inspector
  • Sanitation Inspector
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Officer (RCRA Enforcement Officer)
  • Regulatory Compliance Specialist
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Registration Specialist
  • Property Preservation Specialist
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What They Do

  • Respond to questions and inquiries, such as those concerning service charges and capacity fees, or refer them to supervisors.
  • Conduct research on hazardous waste management projects in order to determine the magnitude of problems, and treatment or disposal alternatives and costs.
  • Research and perform calculations related to landscape allowances, discharge volumes, production-based and alternative limits, and wastewater strength classifications, then make recommendations and complete documentation.
  • Maintain and repair materials, worksites, and equipment.
  • Perform laboratory tests on samples collected, such as analyzing the content of contaminated wastewater.
  • Prepare data to calculate sewer service charges and capacity fees.
  • Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pretreatment, pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs.
  • Participate in the development of spill prevention programs and hazardous waste rules and regulations, and recommend corrective actions for hazardous waste problems.
  • Inform health professionals, property owners, and the public about harmful properties and related problems of water pollution and contaminated wastewater.
  • Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ICR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $67,390 with most people making between $38,270 and $101,530

Outlook

0.39%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 10,990 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 11,420 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 43 openings due to growth and about 157 replacement openings for approximately 200 total annual openings.



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