Occupational Safety and Health Workers

Safety Worker Inspects Workplace Conditions

Occupational safety and health workers are responsible for the prevention of work-related accidents and diseases, injuries from unsafe products and practices, property losses from accidents and fires, and adverse effects of industrial processes on the environment. There are approximately 70,220 occupational safety specialists and 16,050 health and safety technicians employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Environmental Safety Technicians, Fire Marshals, Industrial Hygiene Technicians, Occupational Safety and Health Inspectors
Duties Inspect, test, and evaluate workplace environments, equipment and practices; collect samples of possibly toxic materials for analysis; work with safety specialists to control and eliminate hazardous situations; carry out and evaluate programs to ensure workplace safety and health; demonstrate correct use of safety equipment; investigate accidents
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with high demand in Texas, California, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Health and Safety Technician
  • Volunteer/Intern Health and Safety Technician