Occupational Health and Safety Specialists inspect workplace environments, procedures, and equipment to make sure they are in compliance with safety standards and regulations. Additionally, they may design programs and procedures to help minimize or prevent disease and injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. They can be employed by both the public and private sectors with the government being the top industry. The median salary for this role is $73,020, however the projected job growth of only 4-6% between 2018-2028.
Compliance managers have a much better job outlook with 250,000 projected job openings between 2012-2022. Similar to occupational health specialists, compliance managers work in multiple industries, but can also be self-employed or employed by the government.. Compliance managers will plan, direct, and coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance to regulations. This may be through reporting, documentation, maintenance, filing, or investigations. Work experience is a highly sought after skill for those in compliance as a bachelor’s degree in occupational health is the minimum degree required.
Environmental Health Associations to Know
The National Environmental Health Association offers credentialing, networking, research opportunities and community for upcoming and established environmental health professionals. The mission “to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all” is as relevant today as it was when the organization was founded.