H.O.T. GUIDE
Health Occupations
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Sanitarian

– Sanitariang_san

To be a successful Counselor you should…

  • have an ability and a strong interest in science
  • have the ability to follow a problem to conclusion
  • have the ability to work with a variety of people
  • have the ability to work with governmental regulations
  • have the ability to think logically
  • have the ability to speak and write effectively
  • have the ability to exercise patience, flexibility, and a
  • willingness to work in different locations under a variety of conditions

What will my job be like?

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.


Where could I work?

Local Health Departments, State Health Department, Consumer Protection, colleges and universities, tribal governments, and private industry.


What is the average annual salary?

$67,300


What is the future of this career?

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.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

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).


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  •  Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Yale University, New Haven

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

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.


Where can I get more information?

American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW
Washington, DC   20001
202-777-APHA
www.apha.org

National Environmental Health Association
720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 1000-N
Denver, CO   80246
303-756-9090
www.neha.org