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Helping you find a career as an Environmental health officer

Environmental health officers use scientific and technical knowledge to ensure the public live and work in safe and healthy environments.

What does an Environmental health officer do?
Daily activities can include:

  • Carrying out routine or unplanned environmental inspections

  • Providing assistance to householders and businesses

  • Taking photos, producing drawings, removing samples and conducting interviews

  • Investigating complaints

  • Carrying out food hygiene inspections

  • Investigating incidents of poor environmental standards

  • Investigating outbreaks of infectious diseases

  • Taking samples in swimming and bathing areas

  • Monitoring radiation activity

  • Ensuring health and welfare of animal livestock

  • Issuing licences for pet shops

  • Monitoring levels of noise, air, land and water pollution

  • Advising on health and safety legislation

  • Taking enforcement action through legal proceedings

What skills and interests should an Environmental health officer have?
To be an environmental health officer, you will need strong scientific skills, both practical and also in report-writing. You will likely also be involved in dealing with members of the public, and will need to be both assertive and diplomatic, particularly when dealing with potentially hazardous circumstances. You will also want to be capable of working in a methodical, careful fashion in dealing with evidence.
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Diplomacy
- Life Sciences
- Public Health
- Self-motivation
- Teamwork
- Time Management
- Verbal Communication
- Written Communication
What hours does an Environmental health officer typically do?
You will typically work 9 to 5, Monday to Friday. However, weekend or evening work may often be necessary.
What environment is an Environmental health officer based in?
You may be based in a local council office but will frequently work outdoors in a variety of locations.
How much does an Environmental health officer travel?
Travel will be a daily part of the job. You will have to travel to a variety of locations including long distances.
How much does an Environmental health officer get paid?
Typical starting salaries range from £25,000 to £35,000 per annum. With experience and promotion, you may earn between £38,000 to £60,000.
Typical progression opportunities for an Environmental health officer
You may enjoy promotions which will allow you to become a team leader or senior officer, or allow you to work in a particular sector. You may seek to switch between local authorities and the private sector in order to gain broader experience or more senior positions. Lecturing and overseas work is also possible.
What qualifications does an Environmental health officer need?
To become a qualified environmental health officer, you must get a degree in environmental health that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

A full clean driving licence is essential. Additionally, pre-entry work experience is useful for gaining an insight into the profession, as well as helping to secure placement opportunities. Local authorities may offer short periods of work experience to get you ahead in the career ladder.
Useful subjects to study at school & university

  • Environmental health

  • Biology

  • Chemistry


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