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Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or in a related scientific or technical field.Education
Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or in a related scientific or technical field, such as engineering, biology, or chemistry. For some positions, a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, health physics, or a related subject is required.
Typical courses include radiation science, hazardous material management and control, risk communications, and respiratory protection. These courses may vary with the specialty in which a student wants to work. For example, courses in health physics focus on topics that differ from those in industrial hygiene.
High school students interested in becoming occupational health and safety specialists should take courses in English, math, chemistry, biology, and physics.Important Qualities
Ability to use technology. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to use advanced technology. They often work with complex testing equipment.
Communication skills. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to communicate safety instructions and concerns to employees and managers. They need to be able to work with technicians to collect and test samples of possible hazards, such as dust or vapors, in the workplace.
Detail oriented. Occupational health and safety specialists need to understand and follow safety standards and complex government regulations.
Physical stamina. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to stand for long periods and be able to travel regularly. Some specialists work in environments that can be uncomfortable, such as tunnels or mines.
Problem-solving skills. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to solve problems in order to design and implement workplace processes and procedures that help protect workers from hazardous work conditions.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Although certification is voluntary, many employers encourage it. Certification is available through several organizations, depending on the field in which the specialists work. Specialists must have graduated from an accredited educational program and have work experience to be eligible to take most certification exams. To keep their certification, specialists usually are required to complete periodic continuing education.
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Hispanic or Latino9.9%
Black or African American0.8%
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Columbia Southern University10.7%
University of Phoenix8.3%
Indiana University of Pennsylvania7.1%
Eastern Kentucky University6.0%
University of Maryland - University College4.8%
James Madison University4.8%
University of Washington4.8%
Loyola University of Chicago4.8%
University of Illinois at Chicago4.8%
San Jose State University4.8%
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater3.6%
New Mexico State University3.6%
University of Central Missouri3.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.6%
University of California - Davis3.6%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte3.6%
George Washington University3.6%
Western Michigan University3.6%
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|Senior Aviation Safety Analyst||Sentel, Corporation||Alexandria, VA||Sep 07, 2013||$153,500|
|Nuclear Safety Analyst 3||Nuscale Power, LLC||Corvallis, OR||Sep 19, 2012||$120,806|
|Senior Nuclear Safety Analyst||Nuscale Power, LLC||Corvallis, OR||May 01, 2012||$117,474|
|Senior Clinical Safety Analyst||Amarex Clinical Research, LLC (PREV. Amarex, LLC)||Germantown, MD||Nov 19, 2015||$117,146|
|Senior Nuclear Safety Analyst||Nuscale Power, Inc.||Corvallis, OR||Sep 30, 2009||$112,819|
|Patient Safety Analyst||UCB Biosciences, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||Jun 24, 2016||$111,000 -
|Senior Nuclear Safety Analyst||Nuscale Power, Inc.||Corvallis, OR||Sep 16, 2009||$110,178|
|Trust and Safety Analyst 3||Paypal Data Services Inc.||Austin, TX||Jan 08, 2016||$100,000|
|Trust & Safety Analyst||Upwork, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$100,000|
|Trust and Safety Analyst 3||Paypal Data Services, Inc.||Austin, TX||Jun 06, 2016||$100,000|
|Senior CAE Crash Safety Analyst||Altair Productdesign, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Jul 01, 2010||$98,400|
|Senior Drug Safety Analyst||Purdue Pharma L.P.||Stamford, CT||Sep 16, 2012||$93,585|
|Senior Clinical Safety Analyst||Amarex Clinical Research, LLC||San Jose, CA||Mar 18, 2016||$92,726|
|Senior Clinical Safety Analyst||Amarex Clinical Research, LLC||San Jose, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$92,726|
|Senior Environmental Health & Safety Analyst||Access Business Group LLC||Buena Park, CA||Dec 16, 2015||$92,365|
|Senior Drug Safety Analyst||Purdue Pharma L.P.||Stamford, CT||Feb 15, 2011||$89,980|
|Drug Safety Analyst||Fladger & Assoc. Inc.||Bear, DE||Nov 19, 2015||$87,173|
|Senior Drug Safety Analyst||Purdue Pharma L.P.||Stamford, CT||Sep 21, 2012||$85,000|
|Regulatory and Product Safety Analyst||Access Business Group International LLC||Buena Park, CA||Jan 24, 2015||$84,573 -
|Senior Clinical Safety Analyst||Amarex Clinical Research, LLC||Germantown, MD||Apr 18, 2016||$81,099|
|Senior Clinical Safety Analyst||Amarex Clinical Research, LLC||San Jose, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$81,099|
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|Senior Safety Analyst, Global Safety||Amylin Pharmaceuticals, LLC||San Diego, CA||Apr 02, 2013||$74,160|
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