Sanitarians perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that effect health. Sanitarians may also collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing and take corrective actions as assigned.
Local Health Departments, State Health Department, Consumer Protection, colleges and universities, tribal governments, and private industry.
Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Specialists will be needed to work in a wide variety of industries to ensure that employers are adhering to both existing and new regulations.
Most employers are seeking a 4yr degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, or other Science-based degree. Also food service inspector training, on-site sewage disposal certification (phase I and phase II), lead inspector or lead inspector/risk assessor training are routinely desired. These training’s are either sponsored by DPH or private consultants (lead training’s only).
In order to hold yourself as a “Sanitarian,” you need to hold a registered sanitarian (RS) license per Gen Statute Sec. 20-358 through 20-362. However, there are several job titles/job descriptions that are named Sanitarian, but may not require such license up front. There is a trend to name non-licensed personnel as Environmental Health Technicians/Inspectors instead of Sanitarians.
American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
National Environmental Health Association
720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 1000-N
Denver, CO 80246