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Demand for environmental science and protection technicians is expected to increase faster than the average for all careers through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Those trained to handle increasingly complex technical demands will have the best employment prospects. Environmental technicians will be needed to collect soil, water, and air samples to measure the levels of pollutants; to monitor the private industry's compliance with environmental regulations; to clean up contaminated sites; and to address new public concerns about the effects that fracking and other energy exploration or extraction techniques have on the environment. The DOL predicts that most employment growth will occur in firms that help other companies in environmental monitoring, management, and regulatory compliance.

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