Learn about the types of people who become environmental engineers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

89% of environmental engineers work in full-time roles while 11% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an environmental engineer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming environmental engineers at a ratio of 2.44 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

55% of environmental engineers are female and 45% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an environmental engineer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an environmental engineer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming an environmental engineer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of environmental engineers are White, making up 53% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 13% and 8% respectively.