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Environmental health practitioner

Alternative titles for this job include Environmental health officer

Environmental health practitioners 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 Environmental health practitioner

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.

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 apply to do an Environmental Health Practitioner Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.

This usually takes 4 years 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 on how to become an environmental health practitioner from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • 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
  • investigate outbreaks of food poisoning and infectious disease
  • collect samples for laboratory testing
  • inspect houses to make sure they're safe for people to live in
  • enforce environmental health laws and give evidence in court
  • investigate accidents at work
  • investigate noise and environmental nuisance complaints
  • provide advice to community groups or businesses and give educational talks to improve people’s health

Working environment

You could work in an office, in the countryside or in a business.

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

Environmental Health Apprentice

  • Wage: £22,525 a year Annually
  • Location: Horley Road, Redhill

Environmental Health Apprentice

  • Wage: £24,819.60 a year Annually
  • Location: Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Courses In England

Access to HE: Science

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Ipswich

Access to HE (Science)

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Cambridge

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