Code Compliance

Becoming a Registered Sanitarian

What is a Registered Sanitarian?

Sanitarians are investigators that ensure food establishments are providing proper food handling and storage techniques to ensure the safety of the public health.

What is the scope of food service industry in Dallas?

  • 7,100 food establishments
  • 850 mobile units
  • Temporary Food events
    • i.e. State Fair of Texas, Farmers Markets and Taste of Dallas
  • 800 general food complaints

What skills are needed?

  • Analytical thinking:  You will need to be able to draw connections between practices and the spread of disease.
  • Observation:  You will need to be able to identify situation, practices, and environments that may pose a risk.
  • Communication:  You will also need to educate people about the proper handling of materials, including foods and toxins.
  • Leadership skills:  As an industry expert, you will also need to be able to take charge when implementing new protocols and be able to guide the public into more sanitary practices.

Educational Requirements?

Bachelors with 30 hours of Natural Science

Is there opportunity for promotion?

In addition to Sanitarian positions, there are Sr. Sanitarians that assist with training of staff and are typically subject matter experts in a specific area.  Additional promotionally opportunity exists to become a supervisor that oversees a group of Sanitarians and Sr. Sanitarians.

What if I don't have any experience?

In the first 3 months, all new Sanitarians must be trained on state regulations and food safety principles and complete field observation.  After the initial 3- month period, a Sanitarian must take the State Exam to become licensed. 

What do you get paid?

You are hired as a Sanitarian Trainee at a rate of $38,454.  After you pass your 6 months of probation and your state exam, your salary increases to $41,600.  After you have been a Sanitarian for 2 years, your salary increases to $45,843.

For information on the benefits of being a City of Dallas employee