|Quick Facts: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$64,660 per year
$31.09 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||58,700|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||9% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||5,000|
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. All specialists are trained in the specific laws or inspection procedures through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.
The median annual wage of occupational health and safety specialists was $64,660 in May 2010.
Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.
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