Environmental Consultant

Lars Malmstrom

Tell us about your work---what do you do? Mostly testing and consulting for asbestos , which involves inspecting buildings and homes, air testing for asbestos dust, asbestos abatement oversight, and operating a laboratory, which tests building materials for asbestos. I also performed phase 1 & 2 Environmental Site Assessments for land developers. What skills are needed? Proper training, state and federal government required certifications, knowledge of all state and federal regulations, experience, and good people skills. What was your major? Biology How did you get started in your career? I took a graduate level class (required to graduate) in techniques in electron microscopy , which eventually got me job as a Microscopist working for an asbestos testing laboratory. What experience do you need in this job? You need to have proper training and background in science. Education is key because the work and the regulations involved with the work can be very convoluted. Describe your "typical" workday: There are no typical workdays. Every job that I take on has unique qualities and problems. I am generally contracted to protect a person's financial liability and/or personal safety. What is the hardest aspect of your job? I guess dealing with people in general. Sometimes people can be uncooperative. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? The money is really good. I also own my own business and that provides a lot of independence that you can't have when you work for somebody else. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? The environmental field is a growing field. There are a lot of jobs available. However, it requires a lot of training and proper certifications. The money is not great when you work for someone, but learn all you can and start your own business.