- Rhymes: -ɛəriən
- Of or pertaining to health, or the laws of health; sanitary.
An environmental health specialist is employed in environmental health and conducts research or performs investigations for the purpose of identifying, diminishing, and/or eliminating sources of pollutants and hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. They may collect, synthesize, study, report and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Environmental health specialists begin with an associate or bachelor's degree. Environmental health specialists involved in research, administration, environmental protection, and resource management earn at least a master's degree, and some earn doctoral degrees in areas such as water resources engineering, air and industrial hygiene, environmental management, and related fields.