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Occupational safety and health technician.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TECHNICIANS COLLECT samples, perform inspections, and perform tests on workplace environments, equipment and practices to ensure that safety standards and government regulations are followed. They work with occupational health and safety specialists to identify and correct situations involving potentially hazardous materials like dust, mold, gases and vapors. Other duties may include educating employers and workers about safety and health issues, and helping in investigations of accidents.

The Workplace

Occupational safety and health technicians may work in offices, factories, mines, hospitals, research labs, insurance companies, hazardous waste companies, colleges. and universities, and with scientific and technical consultants. Some may find work in the private sector with federal, state and local governments.

Educational Requirements

Occupational safety and health technicians who have earned an associate degree or certificate from a community college or two-year career and technical school, and have some on the-job training, will have better opportunities for employment in the field. In addition to their English and math courses, high school students should also take courses in chemistry, physics and biology. By earning a bachelor's degree, they may go on to become occupational health and safety specialists.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for occupational safety and health technicians c (dollar)47,440 in May 2012, with the top 10 percent earning more than (dollar)75,200.

Job Outlook

Thc U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment of occupational safety and health technicians should grow about 11 percent from 2012 to 2022. It attributes this growth to new environmental regulations and technological advances that will require new or revised procedures in the workplace, and increased adoption of nuclear power as a source of energy, which may increase the need for technicians to collect and test data to maintain the safety of both workers and the environment.

By Susan Reese

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Title Annotation:Career Curve
Author:Reese, Susan
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Date:May 1, 2014
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