Environmental Science and Protection Technicians are often referred to as Environmental Engineering Technicians. These technicians work closely with environmental engineers and scientists in developing methods and devices used in the prevention, control, or correction of environmental hazards. Environmental Engineering Technicians may perform lab and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health. Although it is possible to qualify for these positions without formal training, most employers prefer to hire a candidate with an Associates degree in environmental engineering. When exploring this occupation be sure to carefully select programs that are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology to be certain you are receiving adequate training for this job category.