Life lessons and career boosts come from unexpected places. In our sister publication, Pool & Spa News, we asked several experts and professionals to share early jobs that had a surprising effect on their eventual careers.
Because he plays such a vital role in developing the Model Aquatic Health Code, we asked Michael Beach, director of healthy water for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to talk a little bit about his past.
Michael Beach, Ph.D.
Assoc. Director for Healthy Water
"I worked for several years at an aluminum factory. It was my job to collect environmental samples and test them for aluminum production-specific chemical contamination. I worked in that lab for long hours, plus weekends and most holidays. But the experience taught me how to work in tough situations, and it helped me get where I am today. I still have a picture of the factory at my desk to remind me."