Environmental health officers make sure people's surroundings are safe, healthy and hygienic.
There will be
5% more Environmental health officer jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You could work for a local authority, the NHS or armed services, or a central government organisation like the Food Standards Agency.
You could also work as an environmental health consultant in the private sector, advising businesses on environmental health law.
Depending on where you work, you could deal with a range of issues including:
You might specialise in one area, or deal with all environmental health issues in your local area or company.
Your day-to-day duties may include:
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.
Starter salary: around £25,000
Experienced salary: up to £35,000
These figures are a guide.
You'll work between 35 and 40 hours per week, mostly Monday to Friday with some evening or weekend work on a rota basis.
You'll have an office base but will spend most of your time out in the workplace or visiting businesses and homes.
Depending on the environment, you may need to wear protective clothing.
You'll usually need a driving licence for this job.
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.
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