Environmental health professional

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.


  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 17% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for environmental health professional is £36,095

228 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 228. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for environmental health professional roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £36,095 per year. That is about £3,008 per month or £18.51 per hour. New workers generally start on £23,026, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £59,280

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 228 people are employed in the region.

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