Pay for environmental health officers varies depending on experience.
New graduates starting as environmental health officers usually earn about $47,000 to $60,000 a year.
Environmental health officers with three to five years' experience usually earn about $66,000 to $80,000.
Very experienced environmental health officers or those working in managerial roles can earn $88,000 or more.
Source : New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Environmental health officers may do some or all of the following :
investigate infectious diseases, such as salmonella, and advise people how to prevent their spread
monitor food safety in food premises
advise on the health requirements on building consents
investigate and advise on management of contaminated land
take samples from sites to test for environmental pollution
take legal action against serious breaches of environment-related laws and regulations
teach people about public health
work with the media to educate the population about public health matters
work on policy development at regional and local levels
report on resource consent applications, liquor licences and Land Information Memorandum (LIM) applications.
Skills and knowledge
Environmental health officers need to have :
knowledge of environmental and health issues, and related regulations and standards
knowledge of Acts of Parliament that relate to public health, such as the Resource Management Act, the Food Act and the Health Act
knowledge of practical applications of microbiology
knowledge of food industry processes and technology
technical skills for taking water samples, and using noise and light-measuring equipment
research and analytical skills for infectious disease investigations and complex nuisance complaints.
Environmental health officers :
usually work regular business hours
work in offices, but may spend more than half their time in the field, carrying out inspections of food premises, hairdressers, factories, swimming pools, etc
may work in unpleasant conditions when inspecting insanitary housing or food premises, or investigating odor or pollution complaints.
To become an environmental health officer, you need to have one of the following :
Bachelor of Health Science (Human Health) from Massey University
Bachelor of Applied Science (majoring in Health Protection and Environmental Health) from Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health (in addition to a relevant Bachelor's degree) from Massey University.
You will also need a current driver's licence to get a job as an environmental health officer.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, maths, chemistry, biology and science.
Environmental health officers need to be :
precise, with an eye for detail
diplomatic and friendly
persuasive and firm
able to relate well to people from different cultures, lifestyles and age groups.
Useful experience for environmental health officers includes :
work in the health, food or hospitality industries
experience in laboratory or science work.