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Occupational Health and Safety

Earnings Potential

  • The salary of an Occupational Health and Safety Technicians averages about $50,492 per year (
  • The top 5% individuals in the field of Occupational Health and Safety can make $89,251 per year.
  • At least 25% of Occupational Health and Safety Technicians average a salary of $60,011 per year.

Facts at a glance

  • About 2 out of 5 specialists worked in Federal, State, and local government agencies that enforce rules on safety, health, and the environment.
  • Many employers, including the Federal Government, require a bachelor’s degree in occupational health, safety, or a related field for some specialist positions.
  • Projected average employment growth reflects a balance of continuing public demand for a safe and healthy work environment against the desire for smaller government and fewer regulations.

Summary of what this career entails

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Health and Safety Specialists analyze work environments and design programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents or ergonomic factors that involve the impact of equipment design on a worker’s comfort or fatigue. They may conduct inspections and inform the management of a business which areas may not be in compliance with State and Federal laws or employer policies, in order to gain their support for addressing these areas. They advise management on the cost and effectiveness of safety and health programs.

Examples and or details of work

According to, a 62 year man was accidentally crushed to death when a blade was raised on a piece of heavy equipment at a Chester County construction site. The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration have started an investigation, which could take up to six months.

Degrees that lead to this career

Some of the degrees individual may attain include:

  • A.A.S. in Occupational Safety
  • A.S. in Occupational Safety and Health
  • B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health
  • M.S. in Occupational Safety and Health
  • M.S. in Master of Public Health in Occupational Health & Safety Management


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians, on the Internet at November 02, 2006). 02 Nov 2006.