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Environmental Auditor

Environmental auditors assess the environmental performance of operations and environmental management systems in business and industry.

  • Avg. Salary $89,167.00
  • Avg. Wage $44.02
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 9,200
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Air Quality Specialist, Environmental Management Systems Specialist, Hazardous Waste Auditor, Inspector, Investigator, Remediation and Reclamation Specialist, Solid Waste Auditor, Water Quality Specialist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (C163) 
  • 2011 NOC: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263) 
  • 2016 NOC: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Environmental Auditor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety

Interest in handling materials to collect water samples and other materials for analyses; and to develop, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies


Interest in analyzing data from investigations of health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases and poisonings and from workplace accidents and illnesses


Interest in speaking with employers, employees and the general public to deliver training and advise on public health, environmental protection and workplace safety issues; and in initiating enforcement procedures to fine or to close establishments that contravene municipal, provincial and federal regulations

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Mar 02, 2021

Environmental auditors assess the management of operations in all types of businesses to ensure corporate and government standards of environmental control are being met. Their objective is to detect any existing or potential environmental compliance problems or management system deficiencies and make recommendations.

Environmental auditors may conduct compliance audits or management system audits:

  • Compliance audits assess how well businesses meet standards set out in environmental legislation and guidelines, and internal company guidelines.
  • Management performance audits measure conformance to management system criteria or assess the adequacy and effectiveness of management system controls.

Depending on their areas of specialization, environmental auditors may:

  • Review the overall operations of the businesses they are assessing
  • Select and manage an audit team
  • Gather data using questionnaires, on-site inspections, document reviews or interviews
  • Examine clients' records for appropriate government permits and requirements, safety standards, maintenance and inventory control measures
  • Review management systems, emergency preparedness and response procedures, employee training (for compliance with corporate and government standards), environmental monitoring programs and waste management efforts
  • Write final audit reports and discuss findings and recommendations with clients
  • Make presentations to directors and management
  • Assist businesses in developing environmental management plans (policies and procedures)
  • Follow up to ensure corrective and preventive actions in audit findings have been addressed
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 02, 2021

When analyzing data, researching policies and regulations, compiling audit results and preparing presentations, environmental auditors primarily work in offices. However, they visit manufacturing plants to conduct interviews, gather data and assess both indoor and outdoor operations. Inspecting industrial sites involves travel away from the office. Meeting with clients may also involve travel.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 02, 2021

Environmental auditors need:

  • Impartiality
  • Open-mindedness
  • Tact
  • Observance and perceptiveness
  • Adaptability
  • Persistence
  • Ability to critically analyze information and make logical, timely decisions
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in person
  • Ability to work effectively both alone and in a team

They should enjoy having clear rules and guidelines for their work, analyzing data, finding innovative solutions to problems and directing the work of others.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 02, 2021

Environmental auditors must be knowledgeable about environmental management methods and techniques, related legislation and regulations, and business and industrial operations. Most have post-secondary education in environmental, scientific or engineering fields such as biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, environmental monitoring technology or environmental engineering. They may have an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, environmental law or environmental studies, or related work experience or a technical diploma specializing in environmental technology, chemical technology or engineering technology. For on-site audits, safety training may be required.

Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities. Specific courses are required for accreditation. Environmental auditors who have the authority to sign off audits are required to have a related professional designation or a university degree.

Post-secondary schools throughout Alberta offer programs in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, environmental monitoring and related disciplines.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

University of Calgary

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 02, 2021

The Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) oversees the administration, evaluation and approval of ECO Canada's Environmental Professional (EP) certification.

Qualified Individuals may also pursue ECO Canada's Compliance Auditor (CEA) or Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor (EMSLA) certifications.

The Auditing Association of Canada (AAC) offers the Provisional Environmental Auditor (PEA) certification for individuals who have formal training but lack field experience.

For more information about becoming a certified environmental professional, visit the ECO Canada website.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 02, 2021

Environmental auditors may be employed by or work on a contract basis for:

  • Engineering and environmental consulting firms
  • Government departments
  • Utility companies
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Resource-based companies (agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas)

Experienced environmental auditors may advance to supervisory and management positions.

Environmental auditors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2263: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety. In Alberta, 85% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 2263: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 154 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the 154 new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 02, 2021

Salaries for environmental auditors vary considerably depending on their qualifications and the responsibilities of the position.

Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $58.67 $36.46 $37.00
Overall $23.10 $68.42 $44.02 $42.00
Top $25.00 $80.62 $49.92 $47.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Oil & Gas Extraction
Health Care & Social Assistance
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Retail Trade
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Wholesale Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 02, 2021

Auditing Association of Canada (AAC) website:

Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB) website:

ECO Canada website:

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Updated Mar 02, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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