Assessment of Qualifications Needed by Environmental Health Graduates Entering Private-Sector Employment

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The goal of the study described here was to provide a snapshot of knowledge, skills, and abilities currently required by employers in the private sector of the environmental health and safety field, specifically for entry-level positions attainable by individuals recently earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental health. Information was collected first through the screening of 115 entry-level job descriptions posted on a popular environmental health and safety Internet job-seeking site. Because of the predominance of industrial hygiene and safety job descriptions found, a second data source was created—an online opinion survey taken by 98 American Industrial Hygiene Association–registered consultants certified in industrial hygiene. Important results from both data sources indicated that employers preferred a four-year science degree for new hires.

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