An environmental health specialist (also referred to as environmental health inspector, environmental health officer, environmental health professional, environmental health sanitarian, environmental health scientist, and/or sanitarian) plans, develops, implements, and evaluates standards and systems to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public from adverse environmental factors and to improve the quality of the physical environment as it affects health. They may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. They manage environmental health problems and promote public awareness of the need to prevent and eliminate environmental health hazards. They may also conduct inspections and take enforcement actions for environmental health laws and regulations. Currently, there is a great need for environmental health specialists in many states. While it is a well-paid profession, not many people are aware of this industry.
Where to Get Education
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Biology with two years supervised internship and completion of a certifying exam