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Careers in Evironmental Health Sciences

Education in environmental health sciences can prepare you for many different careers. Employment of EHS specialists is rapidly increasing (estimated to grow 28% from 2008 to 2018) Examples of careers include:

Environmental-Occupational Medicine
Occupational medicine specialists combine clinical and public health expertise. They treat individual worker/patients and also implement and evaluate population/corporate programs. For information: Organization, Certification

Industrial Hygienist
Industrial Hygienists are specialists in evaluating worksites and designing control measures. They address quantitative and qualitative exposure measurements, human behaviors, and work-place factors to protect workers health and promote safety. For information: Organization, Certification

Environmental Microbiologist
Environmental microbiologists measure microbes in the indoor and outdoor environments and endeavor to prevent infectious diseases or use beneficial microbes for remediation of environmental contaminants. For information: Certification

Registered Sanitarian
Sanitarians apply environmental control measures to protect human health, safety and welfare in community settings. For information: Organization, Certification

Environmental exposure and risk assessment professional
These professionals obtain and use environmental exposure information to assess risks and evaluate solutions. For information: Organization , Organization

Safety Professional
Safety professionals design and maintain systems to reduce accidents and injuries. For information: Organization, Certification

Environmental policy/regulation specialist
Policy/Regulation Specialists combine knowledge of regulation with exposure assessment to assure compliance with appropriate regulations. For information: Organization

Toxicologist
Toxicologists study the effects and mechanisms of action of toxic substances in animal and humans. For information: Organization, Certification

Other professions include

  • Air Pollution Specialist
  • Surface Water Specialist
  • Drinking Water and Ground Water Specialist
  • Hazardous Waste Specialist
  • Solid Waste Specialist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Emergency Response Specialist
  • Remedial Response Specialist
  • Occupational Safety Expert
  • Food Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Health Academic

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