What does an environmental health specialist do?

Environmental health specialists educate and consult clients and enforce regulations governing the sanitation of food, milk, and water; hazardous and Infectious waste; sewage; institutional environments; and health hazards. They help improve water and sanitation facilities at recreational areas, nursing homes, schools, restaurants, and other locations, and are actively involved in the overall environmental quality of a community.

What might an environmental health specialist do in a workday?

Environmental health specialists:

Specialties include milk and dairy production, food protection, sewage disposal, pesticide management, air pollution, institutional sanitation, environmental and occupational health, as well as health safety and sanitation in pools, lodging establishments, and migrant labor camps.

How much does an environmental health specialist earn?

How do I become an environmental health specialist?

Students interested in becoming environmental health specialists should prepare by taking the most challenging high school courses available in science, math and English, including advanced placement courses.

Most environmental health specialists earn bachelor’s degrees in environmental health. In some instances, related education such as biology, geology or environmental engineering is acceptable. Master’s and doctoral degrees can be earned and certification is available.

Where else can I learn about becoming an environmental health specialist?

American Public Health Association
800 I Street N.W. / Washington, D.C. 20001
tel:  (202) 777-2742 (APHA) / web:

Virginia Public Health Association
2415 Westwood Avenue / Richmond, VA 23230
tel:  (804) 367-4860 / web:

National Environmental Health Association
720 S. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 1000-N / Denver, CO 80246
tel:  (303) 756-9090 / web:

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Environmental Health Specialists: