Today's Military:

Environmental Health and Safety Careers


Health and safety start at each military base, where Environmental Health and Safety enlisted personnel inspect military facilities, monitor the exchange of ammunition and operate water treatment plants. They also respond to all types of disasters: from floods, earthquakes and hurricanes to enemy attacks. These servicemembers are the first line of defense against both natural and man-made threats.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Train military and civilian personnel on what to do in an emergency
  • Monitor storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste
  • Conduct health and safety investigations of living quarters
  • Analyze food and water samples to ensure quality
  • Defuse unexploded bombs
  • Regulate the flow of drinking water

Helpful Attributes

Useful school subjects include chemistry, environmental science, physics and biology. Helpful attributes include:

  • Good communication skills
  • Concern about the environment
  • Interest in gathering and organizing information
  • Attention to detail

Training Provided

Classroom instruction, including practical exercises, is provided for Environmental Health and Safety enlisted personnel. Sample courses include:

  • Disaster Planning
  • Effects of Radiation
  • Ordnance Disposal
  • Chemical and Nuclear Detection and Defense
  • Arming/Disarming Techniques
Environmental Health and Safety Careers.

Possible Military Job Titles

  • Armor Assistance - View Profile
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Ordnance Specialist
  • Water and Sewage Treatment Plant Operator

Related Civilian Jobs

  • Public Health Inspector
  • Safety Inspector
  • Bomb Disposal Expert
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Related Career Fields

Environmental Health and Safety – Officers
Law Enforcement, Security and Protective Services – Enlisted

Related Resources

Environmental Health and Safety Training
Enlisting in the Military
Boot Camp
Education Support
Skill Training

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