ERIC Number: ED399983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Environmental Technician Survey.
Lexington Community Coll., KY. Office of Institutional Research.
In April 1995, Lexington Community College (LCC), in Kentucky, conducted a survey to gather information about employment trends and educational needs in the environmental technician field. The researchers defined environmental technicians as those who implement federal or state environmental requirements, monitor or sample the environment, audit workplaces for potential hazards, inform and train workers regarding potential hazards, implement appropriate controls, or complete related technical writing and computer applications. Questionnaires were mailed to 332 area firms, requesting information about job requirements and willingness to send employees to LCC for training in environmental technology. Study findings, based on responses from 146 firms, included the following: (1) 33% (n=48) of the firms employed personnel in the environmental field, employing an average of four environmental employees; (2) of 44 firms employing environmental technicians, 22 required only high school completion, 11 required a bachelor's degree, and 9 an associate's degree; (3) 48% of these firms required 1 to 2 years of experience for entry-level technicians; (4) 53% estimated increasing needs for environmental technicians over the next 5 years; and (5) 41 of the 48 firms employing environmental personnel indicated that they would send employees to LCC for one-day training sessions, while 31 would send them for multiple-day training. Data tables are included. The survey instrument is appended. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lexington Community Coll., KY. Office of Institutional Research.