Environmental Health Professionals

Environmental health professionals 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.


New workers

New workers start around £21,735. Normal pay is £33,821 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £61,411.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 7,367 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Initiates legal proceedings and gives evidence in court.

  • Gives talks at public enquiries and meetings, ensures compliance through education, advice and enforcement.

  • Ensures animal welfare for compliance with legislation, issues licences for premises such as pet shops, zoos and abattoirs.

  • Monitors radiation activity, levels of noise, air, land and water pollution and takes appropriate action when safety levels are exceeded.

  • Investigates outbreaks of food poisoning, infectious diseases or pests.

  • Follows up complaints of unsafe workplaces, investigating accidents.

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Risk Analysis

  • Project Management

  • Safety Engineering

  • Functional Safety

  • Auditing

  • Hazard Identification

  • Hazard Analysis

  • Safety Standards

  • Environment Health And Safety

  • Project Engineering

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Problem Solving

  • Planning

  • Operations

  • Safety Assurance

  • Investigation

  • Influencing Skills

  • Presentations

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.