An Environmental Health Specialist helps to effectively analyze potential or already hazardous exposures that may deem detrimental to human health. They can also serve as professional guides for enforcing rules concerning the hygiene of food. By running inspections on different facilities and other health hazards, they keep the community safe.
A day on the job for an Environmental Health Specialist may consist of conducting inspections on landfills and drinking systems, identifying and reporting infractions on health regulations and using data to develop effective and safe policies. Communicating and educating different communities and companies on important health issues is also a part of their daily affairs. Moreover, a day on the job of a health specialist can range from anything from assisting in law making or testifying in court to collecting and analyzing data for research purposes.
Having a background in natural science and data collection is important for positions that focus on conducting research. Deductive and inductive reasoning, service orientation, and critical thinking with scientific skills are handy for this field. In addition, some positions may require strong communication skills if interacting with the community or testifying in court.
For individuals currently in high school, it is advised to take challenging courses in math, science and English. A Bachelor's degree in environmental science, biology or geology are generall required for most positions in this field. A person interested in this job may also need to consider obtaining a Master's Degree. It is also important to gain experience through internships or other work. That will act as an advantage and help to grow skills.