Environmental and Occupational Health

B.S. in Public Health (BSPH)

Employment & Career Opportunities in Environmental and Occupational Health

The BSPH-Environmental Health major is an exciting, rigorous, science-based, applied curriculum that prepares graduates for direct entry into environmental health jobs, training fellowships, graduate or professional study, or other environmental public health career opportunities.    

Employment Opportunities

Environmental health professionals work in offices, laboratories, and in the field where they monitoring environmental conditions firsthand and collect data. Most work full time. Working conditions, level of job responsibility, degree of independence, and salary vary by employer, type of position, educational level and degree, and experience. Environmental health is a very broad field with opportunities to work in different areas including:

  • Air pollution analysis & control
  • Vector control
  • Drinking water quality
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Solid waste management & control
  • Toxicology
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Emergency and disaster management
  • Housing quality
  • Emergency response
  • Environmental remediation
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Food protection and safety
  • Radiation protection
  • Noise control
Potential Employers
  • BSPH graduates can work in local, county and state health departments or in federal health, environmental, and development agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Drug Agency (FDA), United States International Development Agency (USAID), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH at CDC), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), or as commissioned officers in the Public Health Service Corps, or U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Other employment opportunities are in the private sector, working for environmental or occupational health consulting firms, in pharmaceutical, biotech, manufacturing, agricultural companies, and tourism industries, labor and consumer organizations, and private foundations, Health, labor, consumer, and other non-profit organizations, colleges and universities
Post-Graduate Fellowships

Some students also may take advantage of governmental and other programs to gain more experience after graduation  

  • Peace Corps service
  • AmeriCorps service
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) training fellowship
  • World Health Organization fellowships/internships
  • World Bank training fellowships/internships
Graduate School & Professional Programs

The BSPH curriculum provides excellent preparation for students who wish to go on to professional programs and graduate study. The science, math, environmental health and public health courses required for this major also provide a solid foundation for students intending to pursue advanced degrees in environmental health practice and other graduate fields such as toxicology, exposure sciences, epidemiology, environmental science, and public health. The BSPH curriculum is also attractive for students who may wish to also pursue future professional program study in medicine, veterinary medicine, allied health, and other professional careers in health.

Future Employment Outlook

Employment prospects for environmental health graduates are excellent. Employment of environmental health and other scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Current projections indicate that more jobs are available than the number of graduates from environmental health science programs. This this public health workforce shortage is anticipated to increase in the future. The starting salary for bachelor’s-prepared environmental health graduates ranges from $35,000 to $47,000.

Please feel free to contact the program for additional information on the BSPH program and environmental health employment and career opportunities.   

Additional sources of information on the outlook for environmental health careers can be found on the following websites:

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental Health BSPH major Academic Advisor