Why An Environmental Health Career?

Jobs: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of environmental scientists and specialists is expected to increase by 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth should be strongest in private-sector (non-governmental) and consulting firms.

Much job growth will result from a continued need to monitor the quality of the environment, to interpret the impact of human actions on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and to develop strategies for restoring ecosystems. In addition, environmental scientists will be needed to help planners develop and construct buildings, transportation corridors, and utilities that protect water resources and reflect efficient and beneficial land use.

Increased Environmental Health Threats: The number of environmental health threats continues to grow. Tainted food outbreaks such as E-coli and salmonella, bed bug infestations, devastating events like September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and more, call for an increase in the number of people trained to address these issues. We need more people to choose a career in environmental health to protect human health and the environment.


Is Environmental Health for You?

Could you see yourself doing any one of these things?
  1. Protecting the environment?

  2. Protecting community health?

  3. Conducting research?

  4. Testing water quality or
    air quality?

  5. Doing a health inspection
    of a restaurant?

  6. Speaking to communities
    about environment and health?

  7. Writing scientific reports?

  8. Explaining to people how
    the environment affects
    public health?

If you answered yes to any of
these questions than you should
consider earning an
environmental health degree
from an accredited program.

Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP)
POB 66057 Burien
WA 98166