|Quick Facts: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$66,790 per year
$32.11 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||62,900|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||7% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||4,200|
Occupational health and safety specialists analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. They also design programs to prevent disease or injury to workers and damage to the environment.
Occupational health and safety specialists work in a variety of settings, such as offices, factories, and mines. Their jobs often involve fieldwork and travel. Most specialists work full time.
Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Specialists usually receive on-the-job training in inspection procedures and regulations.
The median annual wage for occupational health and safety specialists was $66,790 in May 2012.
Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Specialists will be needed to work in a wide variety of industries to ensure that employers are adhering to both existing and new regulations.
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