Follow-Up of Environmental Technology Graduates

by Donald R. Rowe, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Engrg. Tech., Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 19-27

Document Type: Journal Paper


A follow-up study was conducted of four-year environmental engineering technology students from Western Kentucky University. The information gathered from 19 of the 20 graduates indicates that responsible positions are available in their field of study, their salaries averaging –14,500 after two years of experience. Eighty-five percent are in water resources and 70% work for state or local governments or for industrial firms. Approximately 40% have gone to environmental engineering graduate schools. The graduates felt that they received their strongest training at the undergraduate level in their specialty and in the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics). They felt that increased emphasis should be given to mathematics and communications. Additional comments were that they should have had more training in computers, and that while the major strength of the program was in the problem-solving, practical approach, they could use more knowledge of theory and design.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Field tests | Water resources | Training | Students | Data collection | Employee compensation and benefits | State government

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