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   What Occupational Health and Safety Technicians Do
Occupational health and safety technicians collect data on the safety and health conditions of the workplace. Technicians work with occupational health and safety specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.
 
Work Environment
Occupational health and safety technicians work in a variety of settings, such as offices, factories, and mines. Their jobs often involve considerable fieldwork and travel.
 
How to Become an Occupational Health and Safety Technician
Occupational health and safety technicians can enter the occupation through two main paths. The first and most common is through on-the-job training. The second path is with formal education, such as an associate’s degree or certificate.
 
Pay
The median annual wage of occupational health and safety technicians was $45,330 in May 2010.
 
Job Outlook
Employment of occupational health and safety technicians is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. New environmental regulations and laws will require new or revised procedures in the workplace.
 
 
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   What Occupational Health and Safety Specialists Do
Occupational health and safety specialists analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. They also design programs to prevent disease or injury to workers and damage to the environment.
 
Work Environment
Occupational health and safety specialists work in a variety of settings, such as offices, factories, and mines. Their jobs often involve fieldwork and travel. Most specialists work full time.
 
How to Become an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree. All specialists are trained in the specific laws or inspection procedures through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.
 
Pay
The median annual wage of occupational health and safety specialists was $64,660 in May 2010.
 
Job Outlook
Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.
 
 
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   What Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Do
Environmental science and protection technicians do laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those affecting health. Many work under the supervision of environmental scientists and specialists, who direct their work and evaluate their results.
 
Work Environment
Environmental science and protection technicians work in offices, laboratories, and the field.
 
How to Become an Environmental Science or Protection Technician
Most environmental science and protection technicians need an associate’s degree or 2 years of postsecondary training. New technicians are often trained on the job by more experienced environmental science and protection technicians.
 
Pay
The median annual wage of environmental science and protection technicians was $41,380 in May 2010.
 
Job Outlook
Employment of environmental science and protection technicians is expected to increase by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Environmental science and protection technicians should have good job prospects overall.

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