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Occupational Safety Specialist Working Conditions



Occupational health and safety specialists held about 70,300 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most occupational health and safety specialists were as follows:

  • State and local government, excluding education and hospitals: 18%
  • Manufacturing: 16%
  • Federal government, excluding postal service: 11%
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services: 10%
  • Construction: 7%

Occupational health and safety specialists may be exposed to strenuous, dangerous, or stressful working conditions. Specialists use gloves, helmets, and other safety equipment to minimize injury.

Most occupational health and safety specialists work full time. Some specialists may work weekends or irregular hours in emergencies.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


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