Environmental Health Sciences - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Environmental Health Sciences


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Job Description

 

Environmental health professionals carry out one of the most important jobs in the country. It is their responsibility to make sure that all the environmental risks in the country have been identified, assessed, and analyzed in an attempt to protect and improve public health.

Choosing a career in environmental health sciences can lead to a number of complex and multifaceted professions.

People who work in this sector are required to possess extensive knowledge on chemistry, biology, toxicology, engineering and other disciplines which are related to the protection and betterment of the environment.

Professionals of environmental health sciences work in close collaboration with geologists, biologists, meteorologists, physicians, engineers and physicists.

Careers in environmental health sciences include:

  • Environmental Consultant

  • Environmental Scientist

  • Public Health Specialist

  • Environmental Enforcement Officer

  • Water Treatment Manager

  • Toxicologist

  • Occupational Health Specialist

  • Wastewater Treatment Manager

People working in the environmental health sciences are individuals who love working in teams and are dedicated to help save the environment with scientific applications.

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Responsibilities

 

Since environmental health sciences is an umbrella term that encompasses many specific job titles, the responsibilities can vary wildly.

However, these positions revolve around one particular goal: to investigate potential environmental health risks and address them.

Responsibilities these positions entail can include:

  • Cleaning polluted areas

  • Advising policymakers

  • Reducing waste in a particular industry

  • Organized and execute outreach campaigns to educate the public

  • Research how environmental factors can impact human health

  • Study the effects of chemicals on the environment

For specific responsibilities consult job listings for the position and/or company you're considering.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

One of the most common career paths chosen is working for an environmental health related agency of the federal government such as National Center for Environmental Health.

Environmental health professionals usually work normal business hours, but are expected to be available beyond their working schedule should an emergency arise.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
08.19.2019
Postdoctoral Research Associate Environmental Resilience Institute Water Futures Initiative: Resilient Urban Water Systems The University of Virginias pan-University Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) seeks to hire a postdoctoral...
08.19.2019
Urban Air Pollution, Colonial Policies, and their Legacies on the Poor - Nitrogen Dioxide Land-Use Regression Modeling in Dakar, Senegal The University of Virginias recently launched Pan-University Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is...
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08.19.2019
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is committed to providing outstanding departmental management to DFCI faculty engaged in research. The Departmental Grants Management Specialist (DGMS) provides support to faculty preparing grant...
08.11.2019
School of Medicine: Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nations top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners,...
08.19.2019
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related...
07.10.2019
Will utilize statistical knowledge, programming techniques, and workflow management skills in data management and analysis. Will collaborate with statistical and medical colleagues on decisions involving data collection methods, writing, and...
08.16.2019
*** This is a Limited Tenure position that has been approved for 2 years. It may be converted to a regular position with the appropriate funding and approvals *** Coordinates non-therapeutic (i.e. minimal risk, survey, chart review) clinical...
08.16.2019
Under the direct supervision of the study team, assists in coordinating the details of the study and documentation concerning study protocols, patient scheduling, history work, data collection, data entry, data management, follow-up care, and...
08.19.2019
Works under the supervision of the Environmental Services Coordinator. The Environmental Services Assistant cleans and serves patient, public, departmental and administration areas maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in all areas.
08.19.2019
Works under the supervision of the Environmental Services Coordinator. The Environmental Services Assistant cleans and serves patient, public, departmental and administration areas maintaining a high standard of cleanliness in all areas.
08.19.2019
Wilson Health is looking for a direct hire Environmental Services Specialist for our location in Sidney, Ohio (North Dayton, Ohio) area. Department Description: Wilson Health's Environmental Services department maintains environmental and...
07.16.2019
Job Req ID: 201671 Position Number: 00128845 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 40 hours variable Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Masters Occupational Therapy...
08.19.2019
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  2. REsearch Associate in Environmental Sciences Charlottesville, Vi University of Virginia Health System
    Urban Air Pollution, Colonial Policies, and their Legacies on the Poor - Nitrogen Dioxide Land-Use Regression Modeling in Dakar, Senegal The University of Virginias recently launched Pan-University Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is...
  3. President - Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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  4. Statistician I - Health Sciences Research Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic's Campus in Minnesota
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    The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is committed to providing outstanding departmental management to DFCI faculty engaged in research. The Departmental Grants Management Specialist (DGMS) provides support to faculty preparing grant...
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    Will utilize statistical knowledge, programming techniques, and workflow management skills in data management and analysis. Will collaborate with statistical and medical colleagues on decisions involving data collection methods, writing, and...
  9. Associate Clinical Research Coord - Health Sciences Research Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic's Campus in Minnesota
    *** This is a Limited Tenure position that has been approved for 2 years. It may be converted to a regular position with the appropriate funding and approvals *** Coordinates non-therapeutic (i.e. minimal risk, survey, chart review) clinical...
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