California is among the top paying states for Environmental Science and Protection
Technicians according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In May 2009, the mean hourly rate for workers in California was $26.05 with a mean
annual salary of $54,190. Jobs as an environmental technician are expected to increase by 21 percent by 2016.
Career opportunities exist in a wide range of public and private sector occupations
- Emergency Preparedness & Response
- Environmental Laboratory Services Environmental Site Management
- Safety & Health
- Air Quality
- Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
- Natural Resources Management
- Environmental Information Management Systems
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Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering
I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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