In the Air Force:
Bioenvironmental Engineer; Bioenvironmental Engineer, Medical Physics; Emergency Management; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Apprentice; Fire Protection Apprentice; In-Flight Refueling Specialist Apprentice, KC-10; In-Flight Refueling Specialist Helper; Occupational Medicine; Public Health; Public Health Superintendent
In the Army:
Ammunition Specialist; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN); Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer; Environmental Science and Engineering; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist; Food Safety Officer; Nuclear Medical Science; Occupational Medicine Officer; Preventive Medicine Officer; Preventive Medicine Specialist
In the Coast Guard:
Aviation Safety; Environmental/Occupational Health; Gunner's Mate; Hazardous Material; Health Services Technician; Marine Safety - General; Marine Safety Specialist; Marine Science Technician; Port Contingency Planning; Port Safety/Environmental Protection - General
In the Marine Corps:
Aviation Safety Officer; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Specialist; Electro-Optical Ordnance Repairer; Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician; Ground Ordnance Weapons Chief; Ground Safety Specialist; Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Officer; Ordnance Vehicle Maintenance Chief; Small Arms Repairer/Technician; Towed Artillery Systems Technician
In the Navy:
Aerospace Physiologist; CWO - Boatswain, Aviation; CWO - Food Service; Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist; Examiner, Reactor Safeguards; Field Medical Service Technician; LDO - Air Traffic Control; LDO - Deck, Surface; Sonar Technician (Surface); Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman; URL - Surface Warfare
Safety on the job is no accident; occupational health and safety specialists and technicians keep workplaces as accident-free as possible, by looking for safer, healthier, and more efficient work practices. Occupational health and safety specialists inspect workplaces to ensure they meet safety and environmental regulations. They examine factors such as lighting, ventilation, and whether materials are stored or disposed of correctly. Occupational health and safety technicians work with specialists to conduct tests and measure hazards. They may perform checks to make sure workers are using required protective gear, such as masks and hardhats. After a workplace accident or injury occurs, occupational health and safety specialists and technicians investigate potential causes and plan how to prevent future events. They may develop training programs to correct risky conditions, and coordinate rehabilitation for injured employees. Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians generally work full time, and travel from their offices or factories to conduct fieldwork. They use gloves, respirators, and other gear to minimize exposure to hazards. In emergencies, they work weekends and irregular hours. Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or a related field, while technicians typically enter the field through on-the-job training, or a related associate’s degree or certificate.
What they do:
Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector.
On the job, you would:
Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
Order suspension of activities that pose threats to workers' health or safety.
Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
teaching and course design
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
public safety and security
talking to others
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
communicate by speaking
communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
notice when problems happen
see hidden patterns
quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
choose the right type of math to solve a problem
People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
EcoLogic ADAM Indoor Air Quality and Analytical Data Management
ESS Compliance Suite
bachelor's degree or master's degree usually needed