Environmental Health and Safety Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Environmental health and safety officers direct programs to protect the health and safety of military members and their families. They apply engineering and scientific principles in anticipating, recognizing, and evaluating occupational and environmental health hazards. These officers design and formulate recommendations to preserve and enhance health and environmental conditions to include air, water, noise, liquid and solid waste disposal, food, and institutional hygiene. They also lead hazardous material control and public contingency response initiatives.

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Work Environment

Environmental health and safety officers normally work in offices or research laboratories. They work outdoors while conducting environmental studies and surveys or inspecting facilities.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Environmental Health and Safety Officers in the Military

6,321

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Salary

Average Salary

$103,079

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 54%
  • Some college 9%
  • Master's degree 9%
  • Associate's degree 9%
  • Post-secondary certificate 9%
  • High school 6%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Like other officers, fleet maintenance managers complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Additional training consists of classroom and field training. Job-specific training content may include: Methods and procedures for health threat assessmentDisease and environmental surveillance techniquesDevelopment of countermeasures for actual and potential threats

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Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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