Sanitarians perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health. Sanitarians may also collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing and take corrective actions as assigned.
Overall employment of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.
About 9,600 openings for occupational health and safety specialists and technicians 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.
Most employers are seeking a 4 year degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, or other Science-based degree. Also food service inspector training, on-site sewage disposal certification (phase I and phase II), lead inspector or lead inspector/risk assessor training are routinely desired. These training’s are either sponsored by DPH or private consultants (lead trainings only).
In order to hold yourself as a “Sanitarian,” you need to hold a registered sanitarian (RS) license per Gen Statute Sec. 20-358 through 20-362. However, there are several job titles/job descriptions that are named Sanitarian, but may not require such license up front. There is a trend to name non-licensed personnel as Environmental Health Technicians/Inspectors instead of Sanitarians.
Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.
American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
National Environmental Health Association
720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 105A
Denver, CO 80246