Occupational Safety and Health Specialist

Occupational health and safety specialists assess and apply safety programs in various types of work environments. Their responsibilities depend upon the specific workplace but often include performing inspections and notifying a company’s administrators about any items that are out of compliance with federal and state laws or even with the policies of the actual company being evaluated. Specifically they may assess how likely it is that accidents will occur or that illnesses or injuries will be caused by hazards in a particular work environment. Or they may conduct safety training sessions with employees and make suggestions for reducing risks in the work environment. The website www.citytowninfo.com says that occupational health and safety specialists are employed primarily by manufacturing and mining companies scientific and technical consulting services offices hospitals and government agencies. Some jobs in this field call for travel to different sites. Aspiring occupational health and safety specialists need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health or a related field such as chemistry engineering or biology. Serving in an internship or having work experience is advantageous when individuals are seeking jobs. Some employers favor applicants with a master’s degree in industrial hygiene or a related subject and they may give preference to those certified in an area of specialty such as air quality control or industrial hygiene. In general sitting for a certification exam is allowed if the individual has satisfied specific educational and experience requirements and maintaining certification calls for periodic continuing education. According to the website www.bls.gov job prospects for this profession are growing at an average rate and individuals with broad knowledge in more than one specialty will be most employable. The median annual earnings for occupational health and safety specialists are approximately $62300. However the highest paid can earn more than $93600.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $77950
High Salary: $93600
Low Salary: $62300
Tasks: Works to prevent harm from occurring to workers.
Corrects safety hazards.
Designs safe work spaces.
Conducts safety training classes.
Also Called: Safety Professional
Occupational Health Specialist
Safety Inspector
Safety Technician
Additional Resources: http://www.citytowninfo.com/employment/occupational-health-specialists
http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers/profiles/careers/105542.html
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos323.htm