Environmental Health Officer

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Environmental health officers (EHOs) help protect members of the public from disease and other dangers to health. They advise and educate organisations on how to meet regulations and make sure that they are enforced.

They deal with safety of food and water, housing, air and noise pollution, epidemic control, pest control and waste disposal.

The Work

You could be:


Pay rates vary, depending on:

Salaries for qualified environmental health officers in the UK tend to be in the range of £27,000 to £36,000 a year. Senior EHOs can earn up to around £50,000 a year.


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Getting In

Most EHOs in Scotland work for local authorities or for government agencies such as the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), but you could move into work in the private sector; in hotels, the catering industry or food manufacturing.

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You need to have:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS)
Tel: 0131 229 2968

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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