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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT: Where Medicine And Environmental Science Come Together

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Alison, an environmental health consultant, studies chemicals that we are exposed to in our everyday environments and determines whether or not they could have a negative result on your health. Alison tells us that environmental health is the merging of the medicine and environmental science fields, so if your interests intersect both these fields, this may be the perfect job for you.

Degree: Environmental Science
Job Title: Environmental Health Consultant

Job Summary: Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Job Description

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population.

On-the-Job Training

None

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Technical skills

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m='13210'>typical</span> <span m='13540'>day</span> <span m='13980'>I</span> <span m='14250'>will</span> <span m='15140'>be</span> <span m='16260'>doing</span> <span m='17060'>a</span> <span m='17080'>number</span> <span m='17340'>of</span> <span m='17430'>things</span> <span m='17870'>from</span> <span m='18190'>writing</span> <span m='18470'>a</span> <span m='18510'>report</span> <span m='19230'>or</span> <span m='19560'>a</span> <span m='19600'>meeting</span> <span m='19880'>with</span> <span m='20020'>clients.</span> <span m='20740'>Or</span> <span m='20990'>going</span> <span m='21130'>to</span> <span m='21330'>business</span> <span m='21660'>development</span> <span m='22140'>meetings</span> <span m='22680'>where</span> <span m='23030'>we're</span> <span m='23320'>talking</span> <span m='23690'>about</span> <span m='23900'>what</span> <span m='24040'>we</span> <span m='24160'>do,</span> <span m='24550'>and</span> <span m='24940'>if</span> <span m='25370'>potentially</span> <span m='25920'>our</span> <span m='26030'>services</span> <span m='26650'>can</span> <span m='26970'>benefit</span> <span m='27770'>some</span> <span m='27920'>other</span> <span m='28070'>people.</span> <span m='29130'>Mostly</span> <span m='29530'>my</span> <span m='29700'>work</span> <span m='30010'>revolves</span> <span m='30740'>around</span> <span m='31140'>looking</span> <span m='31460'>at</span> <span m='31720'>the</span> <span m='31790'>various</span> <span m='32229'>chemicals</span> <span m='32514'>that</span> <span m='32800'>we're</span> <span m='32980'>exposed</span> <span m='33490'>to</span> <span m='33720'>every</span> <span m='33990'>day--</span> <span m='34320'>whether</span> <span m='34720'>it's</span> <span m='35430'>in</span> <span m='35620'>our</span> <span m='35710'>homes,</span> <span m='36420'>or</span> <span m='36590'>in</span> <span m='36660'>the</span> <span m='36750'>environment,</span> <span m='37390'>or</span> <span m='37460'>in</span> <span m='37530'>the</span> 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<span m='100900'>inspection</span> <span m='102210'>and</span> <span m='103410'>water</span> <span m='103700'>quality</span> <span m='104470'>and</span> <span m='105170'>air</span> <span m='105340'>quality.</span> <span m='106110'>It's</span> <span m='106280'>a</span> <span m='106330'>lot</span> <span m='106590'>to</span> <span m='106690'>do</span> <span m='107180'>with</span> <span m='108870'>just</span> <span m='109410'>the</span> <span m='110550'>daily</span> <span m='110860'>chemical</span> <span m='111270'>exposures</span> <span m='111780'>that</span> <span m='111900'>we</span> <span m='111990'>have.</span> <span m='112570'>And</span> <span m='113600'>that</span> <span m='113790'>it's</span> <span m='114060'>basically</span> <span m='115110'>something</span> <span m='115600'>that</span> <span m='116560'>affects</span> <span m='116890'>everyone.</span> 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