Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Environmental Health examines the role of various factors in our environment in the health of individuals and populations. Occupational Health identifies the risks arising from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards to establish and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Individuals pursuing careers in environmental and occupational health sciences may work as inspectors and detectives who assess and ensure safe and sanitary conditions, identify and implement solutions for preventing and controlling hazards, and develop environmental policies for sustainable societies.

Possible Job Titles

  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Built Environment Specialist
  • Environmental Health Advocate
  • Field Supervisor
  • Food Safety Specialist
  • Hazard Mitigation Officer
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Expert
  • Research Scientist

Sample of Potential Employers

  • City Health Agencies
  • Community Clinics
  • County Health Agencies
  • Department of Public Health
  • Environmental Consulting Companies
  • Federal Government
  • International Organizations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Private Corporations
  • State Health Agencies

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Did You Know?

  • The increasing need for environmental and occupational health professionals comes from current environmental and occupational health threats, such as:
    • Indoor and outdoor air pollution
    • Foodborne illness
    • Unsafe drinking water
    • Cancer-causing chemicals, toxins, and other agents
    • Outbreaks of Ebola virus, bird flu,  influenza, TB and rabies    
    • Bioterrorism, natural disasters, and manmade catastrophes
    • Vector-borne diseases
    • Workplace risk factors leading to injuries and illness