Occupational Safety and Health Workers

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 62,830 occupational safety specialists and 13,660 health and safety technicians employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Environmental Safety Technicians, Fire Marshals, Industrial Hygiene Technicians, Occupational Safety and Health Inspectors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with high demand in Texas, California, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; on-the-job training
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Health and Safety Technician
  • Volunteer/Intern Health and Safety Technician

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