The role and responsibilities of the sanitarian have changed drastically in the last two decades. Now he must be concerned with many aspects of the total environment that go far beyond those of interest to the traditional milk inspector or dairy plant fieldman. There are many career opportunities for the environmental sanitarian with federal, state, and local regultory agencies; industry; trade associations; and public service organizations. It has been necessary for colleges and universities to revise and update curricula to assure the proper training of students to be able to meet the challenges and responsibilities of the professional environmental sanitarian. Sanitarians already in the profession must take action continuouly to be professionally qualified. There are more environmental sanitarian positions open than there are graduating students available to fill them. Possibly some procedures must be devised to train individuals from other occupations and professions to enable them to become qualified environmental sanitarians. As our society becomes more complex and technology continues to change, the need for qualified environmental sanitarian positions open than there are graduating students available to fill them. Possibly some procedures must be devised to train individuals from other occupations and professions to enable them to become qualified environmental sanitarians. As our society becomes more complex and technology continues to change, the need for qualified environmental sanitarians will continue to increase. Who will be available to fill these positions?

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1Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians, Rochester, New York, August 13–16, 1973.