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Occupational Health & Safety Technicians

Also called: Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH); Construction Safety Consultant; Industrial Hygienist; Safety, Health, and Environmental Engineer (SHE Engineer)

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What they do:
Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.
On the job, you would:
  • Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
  • Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
  • Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Statistical analysis software
  • TapRooT

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$50,780
$32,080
$84,400
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