Air Quality Control Specialist

An air quality control specialist is someone who is trained to research, inspect and investigate levels of air pollution, and to take the necessary steps to ensure good air quality to address public health concerns. An air quality control specialist performs duties such as the sampling and testing of air quality, investigating public complaints and working with individuals and families to address indoor air pollution issues such as toxic mould and particulate matter in the air. 


An air quality control specialist performs duties such as the sampling and testing of air quality, investigating public complaints and working with individuals and families to address indoor air pollution issues such as toxic mould and particulate matter in the air.

Air quality control specialists may work in indoor environments to determine the air quality in homes, businesses and government offices. They can work for companies that serve private citizens, or for government agencies that monitor conditions in the work place.

Those who work outdoors typically work for government agencies to monitor compliance with air quality regulations. They may use specialised equipment to measure air pollution, determine whether businesses are in compliance with local, municipal and government air quality regulations, and issue warnings to companies that do not comply.

Although air pollution control specialists can be found in all parts of the country, most work in urban areas where industry and traffic are heaviest.

An air quality control specialist plays an important part in ensuring healthy clean air to minimise public health risks. Air pollution can also have detrimental effects on natural ecology and wildlife. Air quality control specialists therefore play a key role in evaluating and reducing the impact of air pollution on people and ecological systems.


Employment


  • government and state departments

  • laboratories, research institutions

  • tertiary institutions such as universities

  • non-profit organisations engaged in combating or preventing pollution

  • self-employed, as a consultant


Getting Started


  • speak to air quality control specialists about their duties and responsibilities and ask if you can observe them at work

  • do research on this career

  • try to do voluntary work in this field


Programmes

Moi University, National University of Lesotho, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North-West University, Open University of Tanzania, University of Botswana, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of Technology Mauritius, Walter Sisulu University


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