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Helping you find a career as an Environmental health officer

The role of an environmental health officer is to monitor, maintain and protect environmental and health standards according to current legislation. This includes ensuring people’s surroundings are safe, healthy and hygienic.


What does an Environmental health officer do?
Environmental health officers can work in wide a range of industries, including: the NHS, armed services, private sector and government, and therefore roles will have varied day-to-day duties. However, general tasks include the following:

  • Health and safety at work

  • Waste management

  • Collecting samples for laboratory testing

  • Enforcing environmental health laws

  • Investigating accidents at work

  • Food safety and hygiene

  • Protection of the environment

  • Noise control

  • Animal welfare

  • Giving educational talks

  • Pollution and radiation control

  • Housing standards

  • Advising community groups

  • Following up complaints of pests

  • Writing records and reports

  • Advising employers on all environmental health matters

  • Investigating complaints of infectious disease

  • Serving legal notices

  • Giving evidence in court

Skills & interests required for an Environmental health officer
It goes without saying that an environmental health officer will need to be passionate about keeping people and the environment in good condition! You may also need to be good at explaining complicated subjects to the general public in a simple and effective manner.
- Attention to detail
- Communication
- Problem Solving
- Teamwork
- Technical skills
- Time Management
- Verbal Communication
- Written Communication
What hours does an Environmental health officer typically do?
An environmental health officer generally works between 35 and 40 hours per week, mostly Monday to Friday with some evening or weekend work on a shift basis in certain roles.
What environment is an Environmental health officer based in?
An environmental health officer will have an office base, but may also spend time visiting businesses and homes.
How much does an Environmental health officer travel?
Regularly visiting businesses, organisations and people’s properties is expected as an environmental health officer.
How much does an Environmental health officer get paid?
An entry-level environmental health officer can expect a starting salary of around £25,000 per annum. A more experienced officer can earn up to £35,000 per annum.

Highly experienced officers, normally in a managerial position, can earn between £45,000 and £60,000 per annum.
What qualifications does an Environmental health officer need?
An environmental health officer will need a degree or postgraduate degree that has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Degree apprenticeship schemes are increasingly available, during which you can secure a qualification while gaining practical experience of the industry and earning a salary.
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