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Building the Future Environmental Health Workforce

Jan 04, 2016 - 12:30pm
Bob Custard, REHS, CP-FS

The baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are retiring. This is the generation that in 1970 sponsored the first Earth Day and gave birth to the environmental movement. This is the generation that initially populated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s workforce and similar state-level agencies across the country with responsibility for air quality, water quality, solid waste, and hazardous materials.

Over the next 20 years the retiring baby boom generation will take many years of environmental health experience and a lot of hard won wisdom out of public health agencies, environmental protection agencies, and private companies. As this generational change occurs, there will be numerous environmental health positions left vacant by retirement that will need to be filled. Educating and training new environmental health professionals should be a national public health goal ...

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Journal of Environmental Health
January/February 2016
Volume 78, No. 6

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