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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Occupational health and safety technicians collaborate with occupational health and safety specialists in order to prevent harm to workers, the general public, the environment and property. They also assist in implementing and evaluating safety programs under the supervision of specialists. The responsibilities of these technicians vary by workplace, industry and the types of hazards that affect workers. Sample job titles include construction safety consultant, industrial hygienist and safety manager.

Some occupational and safety technicians help design safe work spaces or test air quality. Some specialties include mine examiners, environmental protection technicians, health physics technicians and industrial hygiene technicians. In addition, some of these technicians are employed by government agencies and perform safety inspections and impose fines.

Occupational health and safety technicians also collaborate with specialists to increase worker productivity and to find ways to reduce absenteeism and equipment downtime. Their strategies also save money by lowering workers' compensation payments and insurance premiums and by preventing government fines.

Responsibilities

  • Take measurements and collect workplace data and provide it to occupational health and safety specialists for analysis
  • Test machines, air, water and other elements of work environments
  • Prepare and calibrate scientific equipment
  • Measure hazards such as radiation and noise
  • Gather samples of gases, vapors, dust and other materials
  • Talk with employees and observe their work
  • Make sure equipment and machinery meets safety regulations
  • Ensure that personal protective equipment is being used according to regulations
  • Test and identify work areas for potential health hazards and accidents
  • Make sure hazardous materials are stored correctly

Job Characteristics

Occupational health and safety technicians work in a variety of settings including factories and mines. Some of these technicians frequently travel. They may be exposed to hazardous conditions faced by industrial workers. Most of these technicians work 40 hours per week and some technicians may have to work irregular hours. In addition, occupational health technicians should have good communication skills and enjoy detailed work.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted an employment growth of 14 percent between 2008 and 2018 for occupational health and safety technicians which is faster than average for all occupations.

The median annual earnings in 2008 for occupational health and safety technicians was $45,360. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $73,050.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Some occupational health and safety technicians have earned an associate degree or a certificate. Some beneficial high school courses are mathematics, English, physics, biology and chemistry.

Some individuals enter the occupation via work experience and training. These individuals often receive on-the-job training combined with some formal education. All occupational health and safety technicians receive training in the applicable laws or inspection procedures via a blend of classroom and on-the-job training.

Occupational health and safety technicians that hold a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree have opportunities to become an occupational health and safety specialist.

Many employers prefer their occupational health and safety technicians obtain a credential. The Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists offers credentials at the technical level.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary employers are manufacturing companies, hospitals, scientific and technical consulting services, educational services, support activity for mining, administrative and support services, and federal, state and local government agencies.

Schools for Occupational Health And Safety Technicians are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 50 $68,060
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 140 $46,930
Mesa 140 $46,930
Phoenix 140 $46,930
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway N/A $59,080
North Little Rock N/A $59,080
Little Rock N/A $59,080
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 220 $47,840
Long Beach 220 $47,840
Anaheim 220 $47,840
Hayward 190 $54,880
San Francisco 190 $54,880
Oakland 190 $54,880
San Diego 100 $53,050
Carlsbad 100 $53,050
Bakersfield 90 $45,210
Arcade 40 $57,400
Arden 40 $57,400
Sacramento 40 $57,400
Roseville 40 $57,400
Thousand Oaks N/A $33,440
Oxnard N/A $33,440
Ventura N/A $33,440
Sunnyvale N/A $52,950
Santa Clara N/A $52,950
San Jose N/A $52,950
Riverside N/A $59,040
Ontario N/A $59,040
San Bernardino N/A $59,040
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 110 $55,890
Aurora 110 $55,890
Denver 110 $55,890
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 80 $63,390
West Hartford 80 $63,390
Hartford 80 $63,390
New Haven 40 $38,700
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tampa 50 $45,180
St. Petersburg 50 $45,180
Clearwater 50 $45,180
West Palm Beach 50 $45,570
Fort Lauderdale 50 $45,570
Miami 50 $45,570
Jacksonville 40 $43,130
Orlando 40 $44,440
Sanford 40 $44,440
Kissimmee 40 $44,440
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 140 $43,430
Sandy Springs 140 $43,430
Atlanta 140 $43,430
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu N/A $45,980
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 40 $56,290
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 90 $40,290
Carmel 90 $40,290
Indianapolis 90 $40,290
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Iowa City 40 $45,100
West Des Moines 40 $47,850
Des Moines 40 $47,850
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 80 $30,680
New Orleans 80 $30,680
Thibodaux 40 $58,170
Houma 40 $58,170
Lafayette N/A $50,480
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 110 $56,550
Columbia 110 $56,550
Baltimore 110 $56,550
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 60 $42,850
Warren 60 $42,850
Detroit 60 $42,850
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Joplin 70 $36,090
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 70 $53,910
Henderson 70 $53,910
Las Vegas 70 $53,910
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Syracuse 50 $47,270
Albany 40 $49,960
Troy 40 $49,960
Schenectady 40 $49,960
Rochester 40 $53,100
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 70 $48,750
Chapel Hill 60 $64,510
Durham 60 $64,510
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 180 $58,230
Elyria 180 $58,230
Columbus 120 $48,170
Toledo 60 $50,330
Dayton 40 $45,510
Massillon 30 $41,440
Canton 30 $41,440
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 100 $36,860
Tulsa 40 $37,060
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 140 $40,600
Hazleton 50 $51,400
Barre 50 $51,400
Wilkes 50 $51,400
Scranton 50 $51,400
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 50 $23,890
Carolina 50 $23,890
San Juan 50 $23,890
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 240 $58,130
Franklin 70 $42,400
Murfreesboro 70 $42,400
Davidson 70 $42,400
Nashville 70 $42,400
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 1390 $41,010
The Woodlands 1390 $41,010
Houston 1390 $41,010
Fort Worth 610 $46,880
Arlington 610 $46,880
Dallas 610 $46,880
San Antonio 260 $41,470
New Braunfels 260 $41,470
Round Rock 160 $52,660
Austin 160 $52,660
Port Arthur 160 $55,520
Beaumont 160 $55,520
El Paso 110 $34,330
Midland 70 $37,130
Lubbock 60 $43,620
Corpus Christi 50 $46,500
College Station 40 $38,180
Bryan 40 $38,180
Amarillo 40 $40,260
Odessa 40 $44,110
Victoria 30 $42,720
McAllen N/A $43,540
Edinburg N/A $43,540
Mission N/A $43,540
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 100 $47,810
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Harrisonburg 40 $29,590
Richmond 40 $50,370
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 120 $57,630
Tacoma 120 $57,630
Seattle 120 $57,630
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 60 $54,480
Waukesha 60 $54,480
Milwaukee 60 $54,480
Green Bay 40 $35,950
Madison N/A $48,460

Most Popular Industries for :
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 2,340 23% $45,930
Professional And Technical Services 1,390 14% $42,370
Hospital 1,100 11% $40,920
Education 740 7% $46,090
Office Services And Staffing 630 6% $43,730
Mining Services 510 5% $56,060
Waste Management 270 2% $47,990
Medical Office 260 2% $43,380
Business Management 240 2% $47,830
Utilities 230 2% $54,510
Food 210 2% $38,690
Construction Trades 170 1% $49,100
Chemicals 160 1% $45,660
Mining 160 1% $50,970
Metals 140 1% $47,830
Machinery 110 1% $44,160
Electronics And Computer 110 1% $44,820
Metal Products 100 1% $43,650
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