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Occupational Safety and Health Workers
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of occupational health and safety specialists is expected to grow about as fast as the average through 2018. Employment of occupational health and safety technicians is expected to grow faster than the average through 2018. Because of wide public support, the economy seldom affects safety jobs, especially in heavy industry where exposure to injury is highest. The expansion of regulatory and compliance programs will increase opportunities in government jobs. In the private sector, employment of safety and health workers is expected to grow because of increasing self-enforcement of government and company regulations. Casualty insurance companies will hire more safety and health workers as small companies request the services of their loss-control and occupational health consultants. Openings will also occur as experienced workers move to other occupations, retire, or are promoted. Employment prospects will be best for college graduates with degrees specifically related to occupational safety or health.