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Occupational Health and Safety Expert


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 16 workers are injured on the job every day. Nearly 6,000 workers die from job-related accidents.

Environmental Health Practitioners specializing in occupational health and safety are concerned with the identification, prevention, and control of health and safety hazards related to work and the work environment, as well as their prevention and control.EHP Occupational Safety and Health Experts promote health and safety within organizations by developing safer, healthier, and more efficient ways of working.

If you pursue a career in this field, you might design programs to control, eliminate, or prevent health problems caused by chemical, physical, or biological agents. You might advise organizations about using more ergonomically-designed equipment or furniture.  You might conduct occupational safety inspections or evaluate how well employers adhere to laws, regulations, or policies designed to protect their workers' health and safety.

To learn more about this career, watch a video profile about occupational health and safety specialists.


Working Conditions

Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians work with many different people in a variety of environments. Their jobs often involve considerable fieldwork, and some travel frequently. Many occupational health and safety specialists and technicians work long and often irregular hours.

Academic Requirements

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Preparation Timeline

In high school

  • Take plenty of courses in math, life sciences, physical sciences and English/writing.
  • Seek opportunities to volunteer with environmental protection or public health concerns.
  • Design a science fair project that addresses how companies can reduce the risk of a specific type of injury on the job.

In college

  • Major in civil engineering, biology, geology, physics, environmental engineering or some other scientific area.
  • Enroll in a summer program or internship that focuses on environmental health or occupational safety.