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One of the most important decisions to be made in your life is choosing a career. In making this decision you must answer the question: What will be my profession, my life's work after I complete my education? Selecting a career in occupational safety and health will not only provide a good income but will give you the added benefits of self-satisfaction and recognition in society. The primary responsibility of this profession is to protect our most precious resource - fellow human beings - by assuring every person a safe and healthful place to work. There is a projected strong demand for persons entering the profession.
Safety professionals provide technical assistance in identifying, evaluating, and controlling hazards and work virtually anywhere people might be exposed to hazards. There are positions for safety professionals in every part of the United States and internationally as well. No matter what a company’s business is its employees can encounter some type of hazard, either at work, getting to and from work, or at home or play. Even working at a computer terminal can be hazardous, producing long-term injuries to the hand and wrist, back, or other parts of the body. Whether a company does manufacturing, mining, transportation, agriculture, chemicals, fuels production, construction, or provides services it will always face hazards in some or all of its operations. It is likely that the company would employ or contract with one or more safety professionals.
Students graduating with a degree in occupational safety and health may find challenging positions in industrial plants; factories; insurance; construction; commerce; and federal, state and local governments. According to the American Society of Safety Engineers the largest employers of safety professionals are manufacturing, service industries, construction, insurance, consulting firms, and the government. Typical job titles include Safety Specialist, Safety Inspector, Compliance Officer, Safety Manager, Safety Director, and Safety Administrator. Related fields include industrial hygiene, fire protection, risk management, security, environmental engineering, and loss control. Some of the major functions performed on the job include safety training, accident investigation, audits and inspections, hazard analysis, fire protection, compliance, machine guarding, and emergency preparedness.
The job outlook for college graduates in occupational safety and health is extremely good and starting salaries are competitive with those of other fields.
See below a partial listing of companies that employ students graduating from the Occupational Safety and Health programs and Murray State University.
Partial Company Listing
•Archer Daniels Midland
•Briggs and Stratton
•Chicago Bridge and Iron
•Honda of America
•U.S. Army Corps of Engineers