Environmental health professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Officer, sanitary
Officer, enforcement, professional
Inspector, sanitary
Inspector, health, port
Inspector, health, public
Inspector, shops (local government)
Officer, health, environmental
Officer, health, port
Inspector, pollution, air
Inspector, smoke (local government)
Officer, health, public
Inspector, food
Inspector, health, environmental
Officer, technical
Officer, control, smoke (local government)
Manager, health, environmental

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.