Job training for a preventive medicine specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, which includes on-the-job instruction and practice in testing specimens.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Sanitation inspection procedures
- Understanding of parasites and diseases affecting humans
- Bacteriological analysis of potable water
- Interest in biology, chemistry and algebra
- Ability to follow detailed procedures precisely
- Interest in scientific and technical work
Preventive medicine specialists are primarily responsible for conducting or assisting with preventive medicine inspections, surveys and preventative medicine laboratory procedures. They also supervise preventive medicine facilities or serve on preventive medicine staffs.
- Conduct preventive medicine inspections
- Assist with preventive medicine laboratory procedures
- Conduct survey and control operations