How to become a Environmental Health Officer

Environmental health officers assess risk and develop, regulate, enforce and monitor laws and regulations governing public health for both the built and natural environment, in order to promote good human health and environmental practices. Environmental health officers may specialise in the areas of air, food and water quality; disease vector control (mosquito control, for example); waste management; environmental protection; health education; and noise control.

Personal requirements of a Environmental Health Officer

  • Good communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Tactful and courteous
  • Able to be firm and impartial when making decisions
  • Resourceful
  • Able to take initiative
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Able to work independently or as a part of a team

Education & Training for a Environmental Health Officer

To become an environmental health officer you usually have to study environmental health, environmental science, public health or environmental management at university. These areas of study may be undertaken within a science, health science, social science or natural science degree. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,425

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 19.2%

NT 1.4%

QLD 27.4%

SA 6.6%

TAS 3.1%

VIC 17.3%

WA 22.7%

Hours worked:

41.1

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 61.6%

Female 38.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 6.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 38.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 22.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 17.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 26.5%

Above 35 years: 73.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Graduates can become members of Environmental Health Australia, a national professional association for environmental health officers and other professionals working in environmental health. Student membership is available to those studying an accredited environmental health degree.
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