Whether climate change, disappearing natural resources, overpopulation or megacities and their related problems, environmental issues are becoming more and more important. It will not be possible to accomplish these serious challenges without technical solutions. One can readily assume that environmental knowledge will be highly valued in the future, giving graduates of this program a high degree of employability.
Environmental engineers are employed in areas dealing with water supply and disposal, waste disposal, energy supply, environmental aspects of urban planning, decontamination of air, ground and noise pollution.
Environmental engineers work as project leaders, appraisers and planners. They may be employed in engineering offices, public service, development projects, transport companies and sanitation services.
Environmental engineers often work closely with civil engineers, geodetic engineers, mechanical engineers, architects, spatial planners and landscape planners, as well as in teams with natural, industrial or social scientists to find solutions to various issues.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Bundesverband für Umweltberatung bfub e.V. (Federal Environmental Advisory Agency)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)