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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT, IN-DEPTH: I Feel Like I'm Still In School

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Alison, an environmental health consultant, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, and how to get into the industry. Alison has the opportunity to work with experts in the field, so she learns so many new things everyday that it is as if she were still in school.

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='11820'>for</span> <span m='11980'>me.</span> <span m='13180'>So</span> <span m='13630'>I</span> <span m='13720'>think</span> <span m='14060'>that</span> <span m='14510'>they're</span> <span m='15860'>very</span> <span m='16550'>much</span> <span m='17180'>experts</span> <span m='17720'>in</span> <span m='17810'>their</span> <span m='17950'>field,</span> <span m='18410'>and</span> <span m='18510'>it's</span> <span m='18690'>really</span> <span m='19350'>great</span> <span m='19700'>to</span> <span m='19900'>actually</span> <span m='20310'>learn</span> <span m='20610'>from</span> <span m='20770'>them</span> <span m='20980'>every</span> <span m='21270'>day.</span> <span m='21460'>It's</span> <span m='21630'>almost</span> <span m='21900'>like</span> <span m='22300'>I'm</span> <span m='22440'>still</span> <span m='22710'>in</span> <span m='22810'>school,</span> <span m='23150'>because</span> <span m='23410'>I</span> <span m='23460'>learn</span> <span m='23780'>so</span> <span m='23900'>much</span> <span m='24330'>every</span> <span m='24590'>day</span> <span m='25540'>throughout</span> <span m='26060'>working</span> <span m='26460'>with</span> <span m='26960'>these</span> <span m='27170'>different</span> <span m='27580'>people</span> <span m='27920'>from</span> <span m='28070'>different</span> <span m='28350'>backgrounds.</span> <span m='28725'>So</span> <span m='29540'>that's</span> <span m='29980'>been</span> <span m='30180'>very</span> <span m='31460'>rewarding.</span> </p><p><span m='32549'>The</span> <span m='32729'>part</span> <span m='32990'>that's</span> <span m='33190'>most</span> <span m='33530'>challenging,</span> <span m='35670'>I</span> <span m='35770'>think</span> <span m='36000'>it</span> <span m='36100'>does</span> <span m='36300'>come</span> <span m='36460'>down</span> <span m='36660'>to</span> <span m='36760'>time</span> <span m='37010'>management</span> <span m='37500'>because</span> <span m='40240'>it</span> <span m='40380'>can</span> <span m='40650'>be</span> <span m='41060'>high</span> <span m='41250'>intensity.</span> <span m='42000'>And</span> <span m='42300'>in</span> <span m='42420'>order</span> <span m='42600'>to</span> <span m='42930'>get</span> <span m='43070'>the</span> <span m='43160'>most</span> <span m='43460'>out</span> <span m='43580'>of</span> <span m='43680'>it,</span> <span m='43810'>you</span> <span m='43920'>really</span> <span m='44130'>have</span> <span m='44270'>to</span> <span m='44360'>put</span> <span m='44530'>a</span> <span m='44590'>lot</span> <span m='44800'>in.</span> <span m='45690'>So</span> <span m='45850'>you</span> <span m='45990'>have</span> <span m='46240'>to</span> <span m='47840'>always</span> <span m='48300'>be</span> <span m='51810'>ready</span> <span m='52190'>to</span> <span m='52310'>help</span> <span m='52600'>out,</span> <span m='52920'>or</span> <span m='53080'>always</span> <span m='53320'>be</span> <span m='53420'>ready</span> <span m='53670'>to</span> <span m='53770'>take</span> <span m='54010'>on</span> <span m='54150'>a</span> <span m='54180'>new</span> <span m='54380'>challenging</span> <span m='54860'>project.</span> <span m='55740'>Because</span> <span m='56330'>those</span> <span m='56520'>are</span> <span m='56550'>the</span> <span m='56670'>most</span> <span m='56890'>rewarding,</span> <span m='57320'>but</span> <span m='57460'>they're</span> <span m='57590'>also</span> <span m='57820'>the</span> <span m='57930'>most</span> <span m='58610'>time</span> <span m='58870'>consuming</span> <span m='59420'>and</span> <span m='59500'>the</span> <span m='59590'>most</span> <span m='59850'>demanding.</span> <span m='60580'>So</span> <span m='61520'>just</span> <span m='62370'>figuring</span> <span m='62810'>out</span> <span m='63020'>how</span> <span m='63300'>to</span> <span m='64870'>best</span> <span m='65190'>use</span> <span m='65420'>my</span> <span m='65560'>time</span> <span m='65925'>and</span> <span m='66290'>to</span> <span m='67150'>be</span> <span m='67320'>a</span> <span m='67370'>team</span> <span m='67640'>player,</span> <span m='68060'>I</span> <span m='68190'>think,</span> <span m='69320'>is the most</span> <span m='69760'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='70630'>The</span> <span m='70720'>key</span> <span m='70900'>decision</span> <span m='71380'>I</span> <span m='71600'>made</span> <span m='72540'>was</span> <span m='72790'>really</span> <span m='73100'>just</span> <span m='73300'>to</span> <span m='73370'>put</span> <span m='73550'>myself</span> <span m='73970'>out</span> <span m='74160'>there.</span> <span m='75030'>To</span> <span m='75250'>get</span> <span m='75860'>this</span> <span m='76080'>interview</span> <span m='76490'>for</span> <span m='76600'>this</span> <span m='76790'>job,</span> <span m='77080'>I</span> <span m='77120'>had</span> <span m='77310'>to</span> <span m='77400'>make</span> <span m='77590'>a</span> <span m='77850'>30</span> <span m='78070'>minute</span> <span m='78300'>presentation</span> <span m='79040'>to</span> <span m='79650'>the</span> <span m='79820'>group</span> <span m='80700'>on</span> <span m='80970'>my</span> <span m='81100'>research.</span> <span m='81750'>And</span> <span m='82170'>this</span> <span m='82370'>was</span> <span m='82550'>the</span> <span m='82660'>first</span> <span m='82980'>job</span> <span m='83260'>interview</span> <span m='83640'>I had</span> <span m='83880'>had,</span> <span m='84660'>and</span> <span m='85970'>I</span> <span m='86110'>was</span> <span m='86270'>very</span> <span m='86510'>intimidated.</span> <span m='87220'>But</span> <span m='87390'>I</span> <span m='87480'>did</span> <span m='87740'>it,</span> <span m='88080'>and</span> <span m='88400'>everyone</span> <span m='88740'>was</span> <span m='88850'>so</span> <span m='89050'>impressed</span> <span m='90440'>because</span> <span m='90730'>actually</span> <span m='91580'>I</span> <span m='91650'>wasn't</span> <span m='91980'>supposed</span> <span m='92410'>to,</span> <span m='92580'>just</span> <span m='92750'>coming</span> <span m='93020'>out</span> <span m='93120'>of</span> <span m='93220'>undergrad.</span> <span m='94170'>It</span> <span m='94250'>was</span> <span m='94410'>more</span> <span m='94760'>of</span> <span m='94860'>a</span> <span m='95430'>requirement</span> <span m='95940'>for</span> <span m='96030'>master's</span> <span m='96480'>students.</span> </p><p><span m='97560'>But</span> <span m='97660'>I</span> <span m='97710'>did</span> <span m='97890'>it</span> <span m='97950'>anyway,</span> <span m='98490'>and</span> <span m='98990'>I</span> <span m='99130'>did</span> <span m='99330'>OK.</span> <span m='99850'>And</span> <span m='100080'>so</span> <span m='100590'>I</span> <span m='100670'>think</span> <span m='102150'>just</span> <span m='102350'>putting</span> <span m='102520'>myself</span> <span m='102890'>out</span> <span m='103070'>there</span> <span m='103650'>really</span> <span m='103860'>helped</span> <span m='104080'>me</span> <span m='104190'>get</span> <span m='104310'>the</span> <span m='104400'>job.</span> <span m='104750'>And</span> <span m='104890'>I've</span> <span m='105270'>been</span> <span m='105370'>there</span> <span m='105520'>for</span> <span m='105650'>over</span> <span m='105860'>three</span> <span m='106110'>years</span> <span m='106430'>now,</span> <span m='106750'>so</span> <span m='106900'>it's</span> <span m='107100'>been</span> <span m='107790'>a</span> <span m='107890'>good</span> <span m='108890'>place</span> <span m='109150'>to</span> <span m='109240'>start.</span> </p><p><span m='109740'>I</span> <span m='109890'>think</span> <span m='110640'>once</span> <span m='111020'>you're</span> <span m='111190'>in</span> <span m='111320'>the</span> <span m='111410'>field</span> <span m='111830'>it's</span> <span m='112020'>not</span> <span m='112230'>hard</span> <span m='112530'>to</span> <span m='112620'>find</span> <span m='112960'>work.</span> <span m='113300'>But</span> <span m='113470'>I</span> <span m='113580'>think</span> <span m='114280'>finding</span> <span m='114790'>the</span> <span m='114870'>field</span> <span m='115210'>is</span> <span m='115320'>actually</span> <span m='115650'>kind</span> <span m='115870'>of</span> <span m='115940'>difficult.</span> <span m='116470'>Because</span> <span m='116770'>people</span> <span m='117030'>know</span> <span m='117210'>about</span> <span m='117500'>environmental</span> <span m='118010'>science</span> <span m='118490'>and</span> <span m='118560'>they</span> <span m='118640'>know</span> <span m='118790'>about</span> <span m='119030'>public</span> <span m='119360'>health,</span> <span m='119820'>but</span> <span m='120340'>environmental</span> <span m='120980'>health</span> <span m='121330'>where</span> <span m='121470'>the</span> <span m='121590'>two</span> <span m='122120'>come</span> <span m='122310'>together</span> <span m='122760'>is</span> <span m='122880'>a</span> <span m='122940'>little</span> <span m='123210'>less</span> <span m='123480'>well</span> <span m='123700'>known.</span> <span m='125990'>Once</span> <span m='126240'>you</span> <span m='126350'>have</span> <span m='126630'>a</span> <span m='126650'>degree</span> <span m='127180'>in</span> <span m='127310'>something</span> <span m='127640'>like</span> <span m='127840'>industrial</span> <span m='128240'>hygiene,</span> <span m='128759'>epidemiology,</span> <span m='130009'>or</span> <span m='130310'>toxicology,</span> <span m='131650'>then</span> <span m='132500'>there's</span> <span m='133140'>plenty</span> <span m='133630'>of</span> <span m='133720'>opportunities--</span> <span m='134880'>especially</span> <span m='135260'>in</span> <span m='135380'>consulting,</span> <span m='136210'>because</span> <span m='136490'>it's</span> <span m='136630'>such</span> <span m='136830'>a</span> <span m='137380'>niche</span> <span m='138390'>field</span> <span m='138950'>that</span> <span m='139140'>it's</span> <span m='139530'>very</span> <span m='140510'>highly</span> <span m='140870'>sought</span> <span m='141140'>after.</span> </p><p><span m='143380'>It's</span> <span m='143630'>challenging,</span> <span m='144360'>definitely.</span> <span m='145350'>I</span> <span m='145430'>think</span> <span m='145660'>in</span> <span m='145830'>any</span> <span m='146070'>consulting</span> <span m='146860'>field</span> <span m='147320'>you're</span> <span m='147510'>definitely</span> <span m='148060'>at</span> <span m='148260'>the</span> <span m='148520'>mercy</span> <span m='148950'>of</span> <span m='149020'>your</span> <span m='149150'>clients,</span> <span m='149870'>and</span> <span m='150060'>so</span> <span m='150800'>you</span> <span m='151330'>want</span> <span m='151730'>to</span> <span m='151830'>do</span> <span m='151920'>your</span> <span m='152110'>best</span> <span m='152470'>all</span> <span m='152580'>the</span> <span m='152670'>time.</span> <span m='153640'>But</span> <span m='154520'>after</span> <span m='155885'>you</span> <span m='156340'>get</span> <span m='156710'>your</span> <span m='157280'>bearings</span> <span m='157970'>in</span> <span m='158130'>this</span> <span m='158240'>new</span> <span m='158500'>job,</span> <span m='158990'>then</span> <span m='159220'>I</span> <span m='159380'>think</span> <span m='159620'>you</span> <span m='159720'>can</span> <span m='159940'>set</span> <span m='160250'>some</span> <span m='160350'>boundaries</span> <span m='161010'>about</span> <span m='161670'>when</span> <span m='161990'>you</span> <span m='162100'>want</span> <span m='162270'>to</span> <span m='162320'>have</span> <span m='162590'>your</span> <span m='162840'>time</span> <span m='163380'>and</span> <span m='164120'>hopefully</span> <span m='164540'>your</span> <span m='164600'>co-workers</span> <span m='165050'>will</span> <span m='165160'>be</span> <span m='165300'>respectful</span> <span m='165800'>of</span> <span m='165910'>that.</span> <span m='166150'>And</span> <span m='166420'>at</span> <span m='166690'>my</span> <span m='166820'>job</span> <span m='167110'>at</span> <span m='167180'>least</span> <span m='167500'>they</span> <span m='167600'>have</span> <span m='167940'>been,</span> <span m='168403'>so</span> <span m='168866'>it's</span> <span m='169330'>been</span> <span m='169500'>OK.</span> </p>","file":{"id":357001,"video_id":"3218132730001","name":"2017-Alison-p-EnvironHealthConsultant2 In-depth","duration":170830,"thumbnail_url":null}});