Careers in Environmental Health Sciences

Today, students of environmental health sciences have many options for a career path in practice or research. Careers that used to be niche are now in high demand.

Research and training in environmental health sciences occurs through two degree programs, the PhD and MS.  In addition, within the MPH curriculum, students can elect to emphasize focused training in environmental health sciences.

These programs serve to launch careers in:

Academic Research Medical / Dental / Veterinary School State, Federal, and local government agencies
Federal Research Doctoral degree Consulting
Private Industry Research Research Associate Private Industry
Consulting   Sanitarian / Industrial Hygiene

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, federal, state, and local governments employ 43 percent of all environmental scientists. Recent Ohio State graduates of our program found jobs with the US Public Health Service, the Florida State Health Department, the US Food & Drug Administration and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Although a bachelor's degree in an earth science is adequate for a few entry-level jobs, employers prefer a master's degree; a Ph.D. degree generally is required for research or college teaching positions.

Employment of environmental scientists is expected to increase by 11 percent between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.