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Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
Quick Facts : Occupational Health and Safety Specialists*
2010 Median Pay$64,660
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201258,700
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change5,000


Occupational health and safety specialists analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. They also design programs to prevent disease or injury to workers and damage to the environment.

What Occupational Health and Safety Specialists Do

  • Identify chemical, physical, radiological, and biological hazards in the workplace
  • Collect samples of potentially toxic materials for analysis
  • Inspect and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices to ensure that safety standards and government regulations are being followed
  • Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work conditions
  • Investigate accidents to identify their causes and to determine how they might be prevented in the future

Work Environment

Occupational health and safety specialists work in a variety of settings, such as offices, factories, and mines. Their jobs often involve fieldwork and travel. Most specialists work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, with the increased adoption of nuclear power as a source of energy being a factor.
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Pay

The average salary of occupational health and safety specialists in May 2010 was $64,660.
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Occupational Health and Safety Specialists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

64660

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists*
Percent Change in Employment

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

8.51789

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor's degree. Specialists are trained in the specific laws or inspection procedures through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Work experience is often important in this occupation. Internships are not required, but employers often prefer to hire candidates who have had one.
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