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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
Quick Facts : Occupational Health and Safety Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$45,330
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201210,600
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change1,400


Occupational health and safety technicians collect data on the safety and health conditions of the workplace. Technicians work with occupational health and safety specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.

What Occupational Health and Safety Technicians Do

  • Inspect, test, and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices to ensure they follow safety standards and government regulations
  • Work with occupational health and safety specialists to control and fix hazardous and potentially hazardous conditions or equipment
  • Carry out and evaluate programs on workplace safety and health
  • Demonstrate the correct use of safety equipment
  • Investigate accidents to identify why they happened and how they might be prevented in the future

Work Environment

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

Employment of occupational health and safety technicians is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, with the increased adoption of nuclear power as a source of energy being a major factor for job growth.
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Pay

The average salary of occupational health and safety technicians was $45,330 in May 2010.
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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

45330

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

13.2075

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Occupational health and safety technicians can enter the occupation through two main paths. The most common path is through on-the-job training. However, others enter with formal education, such as an associate degree or certificate. Technicians are trained in the specific laws or inspection procedures with both classroom and on-the-job training.
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