Environmental health specialists conduct research or perform investigations for the purpose of identifying, diminishing, and/or eliminating sources of pollutants and hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. 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.
Some environmental health specialists work as inspectors for state and local health departments, wildlife parks, hospitals, private industry, and non-profit organizations.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations according the BLS.
About 9,400 openings for environmental scientists and specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Environmental health specialists begin with an associate or bachelor’s degree. Environmental health specialists involved in research, administration, environmental protection, and resource management earn at least a master’s degree, and some earn doctoral degrees in areas such as water resources engineering, air and industrial hygiene, environmental management, and related fields.
Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
1615 L Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
Connecticut Environmental Health Association
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Regulatory Affairs
550 Trolley Line Boulevard, PO Box 3202
Mashantucket, CT 06338
National Environmental Health Association
720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 105A
Denver, CO 80246