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Environmental health officer

Alternative titles for this job include Environmental health practitioner

Environmental health officers make sure people's surroundings are safe, healthy and hygienic.

Average salary (a year)

£27,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become an environmental health officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can study for a degree qualification approved by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

If you already have a degree in a related subject you could get into environmental health careers through an accredited postgraduate course.

With a degree you can gain direct entry to the Chartered Practitioner programme. This leads to registration as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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You can do an environmental health practitioner degree apprenticeship.

This typically takes 48 months to complete as a mix of on the job training and academic study at an approved university.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You may be able to start as an environmental health technician and study for a part-time environmental health degree while you're working.

With qualifications and experience you may then be able to work towards chartered practitioner status.

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Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health for professional development opportunities.

Further information

You can find more details about training and working in environmental health through the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You're likely to need a full, clean driving licence for this job.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • inspect businesses for health and safety, food hygiene and food standards
  • follow up complaints and investigate outbreaks of food poisoning, infectious disease or pests
  • collect samples for laboratory testing
  • enforce environmental health laws
  • investigate accidents at work
  • advise community groups and give educational talks
  • give evidence in court
  • write records and reports
  • advise employers on all environmental health matters

Working environment

You could work in an office, at a client's business or in a court.

Your working environment may be dirty and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could work as an employee or consultant in:

  • local authorities
  • government departments
  • retailers and hotel chains
  • regulators and enforcement agencies
  • the NHS
  • the armed services
  • university research
  • charities and international development organisations

You could progress to supervisory or management positions.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access to Science

  • Start date: 04 September 2023
  • Location: Cambridge

Access to Science

  • Start date: 25 September 2023
  • Location: London

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