As environmental work has matured, many employers have come to realize that an accomplished person with an Associate's Degree, trained in the latest technologies and regulations, can effectively do work that was once reserved for people with undergraduate degrees.
Environmental, Health and Safety knowledge and skills are becoming increasingly more valuable. The trend is toward hiring individuals who can handle both safety and environmental responsibilities.
The major areas relating to the protection of people, property and the environment include:
- Anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices.
- Develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programs.
- Implement, administer and advise others on hazard controls and hazard control programs.
- Measure, audit and evaluate the effectiveness of hazard controls and hazard control
Examples of some of the jobs available with an EHS Degree:
- Environmental Specialist / Technician
- Hazardous Materials Technician
- Safety Coordinator
- Safety Specialist
- Air Quality Technician
- Health and Safety Technician
- Industrial Hygiene Technician
- Safety and Health Auditor
- Emergency Response Technician
For more information about EHS careers, refer to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.