The sanitarian is a professional concerned with the public's health and all matters affecting it. Education in the arts and sciences, specialized training and field experience qualify the sanitarian to evaluate, plan and promote standards and changes in areas dealing with environmental health. Today, the world problems of population increases, energy availability and food supply and distribution are forcing society to re-examine its life style, which may result in changes in living habits. The sanitarian will play an important role in determining the method involved in change and the ultimate goals to be obtained. To maintain credibility and professional standing within the community and with his peers, a sanitarian must keep current by reading the literature, remaining vigilant to potential hazards, specialize, work at solving problems and not contribute to them, communicate and educate rather than police, and practice what is preached. Above all, the sanitarian should take pride in being a sanitarian.

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1EDITOR's NOTE: The late Dr. K. G. Weckel presented this paper at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Environmental Health Association at Appleton. Wisconsin on April 29, 1976. Several of Professor Weckel's colleagues felt the paper should be published because it gives views that continue to be relevant. Although the paper deals with professionalism as related to sanitarians, many of Dr. Weckel's comments are applicable to professional persons in Food Science, Food Microbiology, etc. At the time of Dr. Weckel's death, the paper lacked several essential parts: these were kindly prepared by Dr. D. A. Stuiber, Department of Food Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This paper is a contribution from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. University of Wisconsin-Madison.