A bachelor's degree is required for occupations within the environmental health and safety field. Individuals must minor in environmental science/environmental law. Chemistry, ecology, and biology majors also assist with obtaining jobs in the field. The process should take about 4 years to complete. Experience in the field also helps with knowledge about specific professions.
Opportunities for advancement and higher level positions and pay include experience within the field as well as a master's degree (as opposed to bachelor's) in any science relating to environmental science.