Environmental Health and Safety Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Environmental health and safety specialists protect the military community through programs to ensure that military facilities and food supplies are free of disease, germs, and other hazardous conditions. These specialists identify occupational and environmental health hazards and risks that may negatively impact health, human performance, and environmental health quality. They manage programs related to communicable disease control and prevention, food safety and defense, sanitary compliance, occupational health and safety, hazardous material control, and public health contingency response.

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Work Environment

Environmental health specialists work indoors while inspecting food facilities and buildings. They work outdoors while inspecting waste disposal facilities and field camps.

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

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
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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 Specialists in the Military

11,437

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Salary

Average Salary

$54,346

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 63%
  • Master's degree 18%
  • Post baccalaureate 9%
  • Associate's degree 6%
  • High school 3%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for environmental health and safety specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in making health and sanitation inspections. Training content may include: Identification and mitigation of health hazardsInspection of food products and food service operationsFire prevention Occupational health and hygiene programsEmergency medical techniquesAccident prevention programs

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Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Chemistry

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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