Environmental Technology


Environmental Technology

Always wanted to make a difference? Environmental technicians work to protect natural resources and monitor the chemicals and fuels entering the environment. As a graduate, you will analyze and test the quality of water, soil, air, and fuel.

Expect active, real-world training. Our students have access to the latest and most effective testing and monitoring technology available. Proper sampling and record-keeping procedures are also taught through hands-on lessons, experiments and projects that take place both in and out of the classroom.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, technicians in this field earn an average hourly wage of $20.92 .

An Environmental Technology Graduate could:

  • Perform field and lab work for local, state, and federal governments dealing with water, soil and indoor and outdoor air quality
  • Perform tests on soil and water quality for agriculture and other research firms
  • Attain a cutting-edge job with alternative fuel plants like ethanol plants, testing the plant’s product to ensure all stages of production are working properly
  • Transfer into an environmental management program at a 4-year institution

Donít worry about finding a job in this field, 86% of Environmental Technology grads are employed in a career-related job! Read more in our latest placement report.

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Successful Graduates

Successful Graduate"I chose Environmental Technology at LATI because I was working nights in a factory and saw the Environmental Technology field as an opportunity to get a job outdoors and land a much more enjoyable career.
I thought the Environmental Tech program was a good length with classes that got me into the field faster. The teachers are knowledgeable and present the material in a way that is both understandable and interesting.
I am an Environmental Technician for the Rock County Land Management Office in Luverne, MN. After I was hired, I asked my supervisor if it was my background in ag or my degree in Environmental Tech that stood out the most. He said having a degree in the environmental field stood out because it showed my interest and commitment to the environmental field.
I would recommend Lake Area Tech to others because the time commitment to school is half of a four- year school and I had enough experience in the field to be able to land a job that I wanted. "
Mark Jensen '11
Environmental Technician
Rock County Land Management Office - Luverne, MN