Growing Job Market
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 9-13 percent for qualified Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals from 2010 to 2020. A 2011 study commissioned by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) concluded employer demand for qualified OSH professionals will exceed supply in the next five years.
Federally Mandated Need
The demand for competent, qualified OSH professionals extends across the U.S. nationwide. Employers need OSH professionals to stay in compliance with federally mandated occupational safety and health standards.
OSH professionals also contribute to business sustainability by creating and maintaining workplaces that foster productivity and efficiency. The absence of workplace injuries and illnesses allows valuable human resources to remain on-the-job. It avoids costs and inefficiencies associated with increased overtime, hiring of temporary employees, reduced product/service quality, and increased physical and mental demand on uninjured employees, among other negative outcomes, that erode business sustainability.
Wide Variety of Job Opportunities
The skills and expertise of OSH professionals, who help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public, are needed in a wide array of employment sectors. Largest employers include insurance companies, health care facilities, service industries, construction, manufacturing, chemical/petroleum industries, municipalities, school systems, and transportation industries. Other employers include local, state, and federal agencies, and consulting companies among numerous others.