Environmental Health Officers are responsible for investigating incidents that affect health such as food poisoning, pest infestations, toxic contamination, pollution, accidents at work. They often work with local authorities, supermarkets and consultancies and will visit properties such as shops, food outlets, farms, manufacturers to investigate complaints, gather samples for testing, compile reports and serve legal notices if necessary.
A Chartered Institute of Environmental Health approved degree or graduates with other scientific degree disciplines may complete a postgraduate environmental health qualification. School leavers can get started as an environmental health technician and work their way up, you could get started through an apprenticeship.
- A keen interest in environmental issues
- Good problem solving abilities
- Good interpersonal skills
- Physical and mental stamina
- Attention to detail
£15,000 to £26,000