Sanitarians work to uphold the Public Health Code. They are often referred to as “public health inspectors” because they visit various public facilities and locations to ensure that they all represent healthy environments. They check water supplies for unsafe levels of bacteria andor chemicals and they visit restaurants to make sure that food is being prepared properly. They also check sewage systems visit hotels and check public swimming pools to ensure they are up-to-code. The mission of their job is to guarantee that communities and the public are living in the healthiest environments as possible. Sanitarians do not typically work in an office setting 40 hours per week. Rather they spend a great deal of time in the field. They visit questionable locations to gather samples and to test for dangerous sanitary violations. After collecting data and samples they bring their findings to a laboratory where they are tested. If testing reveals that there is a potential public health emergency sanitarians will respond with swift action – which sometimes involves the immediate shut down of a facility. Most sanitarians have a minimum of an associate’s degree but some have bachelor’s degrees. In addition to a formal college education sanitarians must be trained on the laws pertaining to public health codes and how sanitation inspections should be conducted. The website www.careerbuilder.com states the earning potential for sanitarians is between $46914 and $80146 per year.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Conducts environmental health inspections.
Prevents public health problems related to sanitation.
Develops public sanitation education programs.
Verifies that sanitation regulations are being followed.
|Also Called:||Public Health Inspector
Environmental Health Inspector