Environmental Health Professional

An environmental health professional works to protect humans from harmful environmental conditions and preserve conditions that are good for human health. They do this by inspecting the environment to make sure that certain criteria and standards are met. This can include testing drinking water for lead, checking buildings for hazardous materials such as asbestos, monitoring levels of toxic algae or bacteria in the recreational waters, and inspecting restaurants for unsanitary conditions. There are different specialties within the field, with specific exams and certifications that prepare you for technical and managerial work in those areas. Most environmental health professionals major in science in college, and most work for government agencies.

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