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Environmental health professionals

£16,120 Average salary at age 20
£41,600 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Jobholders in this unit group use specialist technical skills and knowledge to protect people from health risks associated with the environment in which they live and work. They maintain and safeguard standards, including taking legal action to enforce relevant legislation with regard to public health policy.

Main Tasks

  • Inspects businesses for compliance with legislation on health and safety, food hygiene and food standards and takes appropriate action in the event of non-compliance;
  • Follows up complaints of unsafe workplaces, investigating accidents;
  • Investigates outbreaks of food poisoning, infectious diseases or pests;
  • Monitors radiation activity, levels of noise, air, land and water pollution and takes appropriate action when safety levels are exceeded;
  • Ensures animal welfare for compliance with legislation, issues licences for premises such as pet shops, zoos and abattoirs;
  • Gives talks at public enquiries and meetings, ensures compliance through education, advice and enforcement;
  • Initiates legal proceedings and gives evidence in court.


Entrants normally require a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) or the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) in addition to a work-based training placement, followed by professional examinations.

What Environmental health professionals studied in higher education

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What Environmental health professionals studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C1) Biology4
(F1) Chemistry1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments2
(F6) Geology2
(F8) Physical geographical sciences11
(D4) Agriculture2
(A3) Clinical medicine7
(B6) Aural & oral sciences2
(F9) Others in physical sciences2
(H2) Civil engineering3
(M2) Law by topic4
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine56
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(D6) Food & beverage studies2
(C6) Sport & exercise science2

UK Prospects

7800 Workforce Size
4.25% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
2879 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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