Career Opportunities

Looking for a career in environmental health?

Environmental health is a branch of public health protection that studies how the environment influences human health and disease. Professionals in this industry monitor air quality, water and noise pollution, and toxic substances and pesticides. They promote healthy land use and housing, and they also perform research on a variety of topics, including environmental toxins, communicable disease outbreaks, and the human health impacts of environmental catastrophes. 

Environmental health specialists are often employed as educators, consultants, or interpreters. Career opportunities can be greatly advanced by earning a master’s or doctoral degree in this specialty.

They often work in the following settings:

  • State, county, and local health departments
  • Hospitals
  • Private businesses
  • Wildlife parks
  • Environmental enforcement agencies



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