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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 30 $66,600
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 200 $50,830
Mesa 200 $50,830
Phoenix 200 $50,830
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway N/A $52,270
North Little Rock N/A $52,270
Little Rock N/A $52,270
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 330 $52,410
Los Angeles 330 $52,410
Anaheim 330 $52,410
San Francisco 260 $63,990
Oakland 260 $63,990
Hayward 260 $63,990
Carlsbad 120 $52,000
San Diego 120 $52,000
Bakersfield 100 $43,930
San Jose 100 $56,620
Sunnyvale 100 $56,620
Santa Clara 100 $56,620
Ontario 90 $51,240
Riverside 90 $51,240
San Bernardino 90 $51,240
Ventura 30 $36,750
Thousand Oaks 30 $36,750
Oxnard 30 $36,750
Sacramento N/A $60,240
Roseville N/A $60,240
Arcade N/A $60,240
Arden N/A $60,240
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 80 $52,960
Aurora 80 $52,960
Denver 80 $52,960
Greeley 30 $53,940
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 50 $67,990
West Hartford 50 $67,990
Hartford 50 $67,990
New Haven 40 $38,650
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tampa 70 $38,610
Clearwater 70 $38,610
St. Petersburg 70 $38,610
Jacksonville 60 $46,840
Sanford 40 $44,670
Kissimmee 40 $44,670
Orlando 40 $44,670
Winter Haven 30 $37,480
Lakeland 30 $37,480
West Palm Beach N/A $34,170
Miami N/A $34,170
Fort Lauderdale N/A $34,170
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 200 $46,670
Sandy Springs 200 $46,670
Atlanta 200 $46,670
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu N/A $47,860
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 40 $35,750
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 50 $61,090
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 100 $38,890
Carmel 100 $38,890
Indianapolis 100 $38,890
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Iowa City 30 $45,040
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 440 $60,500
Metairie 80 $31,940
New Orleans 80 $31,940
Lafayette 50 $51,120
Thibodaux 40 $51,850
Houma 40 $51,850
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 110 $55,040
Columbia 110 $55,040
Baltimore 110 $55,040
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 80 $46,570
Dearborn 80 $46,570
Warren 80 $46,570
Wyoming 40 $23,040
Grand Rapids 40 $23,040
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 50 $35,580
Biloxi 50 $35,580
Gulfport 50 $35,580
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 40 $51,950
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln N/A $35,750
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 100 $50,210
Henderson 100 $50,210
Las Vegas 100 $50,210
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 40 $43,180
Schenectady 40 $43,180
Albany 40 $43,180
Syracuse 40 $50,020
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 70 $48,550
Chapel Hill 50 $57,400
Durham 50 $57,400
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 160 $46,600
Elyria 110 $51,500
Cleveland 110 $51,500
Dayton 60 $39,700
Toledo 50 $49,750
Canton 40 $42,350
Massillon 40 $42,350
Akron 30 $52,080
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 100 $37,640
Tulsa 50 $40,300
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 120 $45,910
York 40 N/A
Hanover 40 N/A
Hazleton 40 $54,900
Barre 40 $54,900
Wilkes 40 $54,900
Scranton 40 $54,900
Carlisle 30 $52,080
Harrisburg 30 $52,080
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 50 $53,270
Anderson 50 $53,270
Greenville 50 $53,270
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 140 $69,960
Franklin 100 $44,040
Murfreesboro 100 $44,040
Davidson 100 $44,040
Nashville 100 $44,040
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 1050 $46,920
Houston 1050 $46,920
Sugar Land 1050 $46,920
Arlington 630 $48,960
Fort Worth 630 $48,960
Dallas 630 $48,960
New Braunfels 310 $40,330
San Antonio 310 $40,330
Austin 160 $52,930
Round Rock 160 $52,930
El Paso 100 $38,330
Beaumont 100 $50,520
Port Arthur 100 $50,520
Corpus Christi 70 $67,820
Lubbock 60 $45,240
Midland 50 $39,970
Mission 50 $44,330
Edinburg 50 $44,330
McAllen 50 $44,330
Amarillo 30 $38,480
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 140 $47,480
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 50 $56,960
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 200 $56,950
Tacoma 200 $56,950
Seattle 200 $56,950
Richland 50 $90,340
Kennewick 50 $90,340
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 50 $46,510
West Allis 50 $54,640
Milwaukee 50 $54,640
Waukesha 50 $54,640

Most Popular Industries for :
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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