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Job Description

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.  

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

When you've completed these stages, you'll achieve full qualification and be awarded the Certificate of Registration from the Environmental Health Registration Board.

You could start work as an environmental health technician and study for an environmental health foundation degree or degree while you're working. You could also train and study with the armed forces.

Career Path and Progression

With experience you could apply to the CIEH for Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner status.

In local government you could progress to senior, principal or chief environmental health officer.

You could also become a university lecturer.

There are other opportunities in the developing world and with private companies overseas.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Health and safety adviser
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Meat hygiene inspector
  • Pest control technician

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A keen interest in environmental issues
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Attention to detail

Starting Salary

£25,000 to £60,000

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