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What is a NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)?

A NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) is an individual who has an active NJ REHS license issued by the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH).

In New Jersey, an REHS acts as the front-line investigator for many of the state's public health and environmental regulations. REHSs work as health inspectors, environmental compliance managers and environmental consultants in both the public and private sectors.

What is an REHS?
Learn more about the job of a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

REHS Job Description

The work of Registered Environmental Health Specialists may include:

  • Food protection and safety
  • Water protection
  • Air quality
  • Noise pollution
  • Industrial and land pollution
  • Sewage disposal
  • Hazardous and toxic substances control
  • Solid waste management
  • Institutional health and safety
  • Other areas related to public and environmental health

Job Opportunities for Licensed REHSs

In general, an REHS is employed by a local health agency (e.g. an individual municipal local health agency, a regional health commission, or a county health department).

Alternatively, some individuals are employed by federal agencies (e.g. the Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture) or private sector organizations (e.g. non-profit environmental groups, environmental consulting firms, and grocery stores).

Job titles for REHS-related positions may include: health inspector; sanitary inspector; environmental compliance manager; environmental consultant; and many more.

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Average Salaries for a Licensed REHS in New Jersey

If you’re working in the public sector (at a local, county, or state health department), salary ranges vary depending on the municipality and your level of experience.

On the low end, municipalities with limited budgets may have starting salary ranges of $32,000 to $40,000, while those with larger budgets may have starting salaries in the range of $45,000 to $60,000.

REHS Career Advancement Opportunities

There are plenty of advancement opportunities for licensed REHSs working in the public sector; many health departments employ sanitary inspector trainees (those without REHS licenses yet), entry level REHSs, Senior REHSs, and Chief REHSs. Additional experience and education can help an REHS move up through the ranks or move into related careers like planning, epidemiology, or becoming a NJ Health Officer.

EPH 2022

» Next Offering:
Summer 2022, exact dates TBD

» Internship:
200 hour internship at a local health department