Health inspectors are a subfield of occupational health and safety technicians who focus on health and safety in public areas and workplaces, as well as at all levels of the food production, preparation and service process. Most health inspectors are hired by state and local governments, but some work for private businesses or the federal government. Almost all health inspectors have at least an undergraduate degree, and some have graduate degrees. Professional licensing and/or certification is also necessary for many, but not all, health inspector jobs.
Earn at least an associate degree in a science- or health-related field. Consider a bachelor's degree or even a master's degree for maximum career advancement. Typical majors for health inspectors include biology, chemistry and industrial hygiene.
Pursue an internship as a health inspector. If you can find an internship somewhere in Texas that would be ideal, as it would give you a chance to network with health inspection professionals in the area you plan to work in.
Become certified as a health inspector. The Council on Certification of Health, Environmental, and Safety Technologists, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene all offer specialized certifications/licenses to health inspectors.
Research and apply for health inspector jobs in Texas. As of 2011, Texas is one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S. and has four urban areas (Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin).
2016 Salary Information for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
Occupational health and safety technicians earned a median annual salary of $48,820 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, occupational health and safety technicians earned a 25th percentile salary of $37,610, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $63,190, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 18,100 people were employed in the U.S. as occupational health and safety technicians.
- Education-Portal.com: Educational Requirements for a Career in Health Inspection
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
- DegreeDirectory: 5 Steps to Becoming a Health Inspector
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
- Career Trend: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians