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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist completes workplace and equipment inspections and implements workplace safety rules and programs. Provides occupational safety training for employees. Investigates and reports on potential hazards or accidents that occur at the workplace.

Job Outlook

There were 483 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 17257 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Safety Specialist / Coordinator industry, which includes the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $67,205.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $61,607.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $48,658.

Education and Experience

Posted Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree11.55%
Bachelor's Degree40.33%
Master's Degree12.84%
Doctoral Degree4.49%
Other23.71%

Posted Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years42.78%
3 to 5 years44.07%
6 to 8 years6.17%
9+ years6.98%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (43.21%)
  • Management (39.03%)
  • Operations (27.5%)
  • Investigation (24.33%)
  • Leadership (17.26%)
  • Writing (16.11%)
  • Customer Service (15.96%)
  • Microsoft Office (15.7%)
  • Planning (14.1%)
  • Problem Solving (13.93%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Occupational Safety And Health (31.04%)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (33.87%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Auditing (24.07%)
  • Injury Prevention (9.78%)
  • Construction (10.88%)
  • Case Management (5.7%)
  • Occupational Hygiene (12.75%)
  • Risk Management (12.2%)
  • Project Management (12.56%)
  • Occupational Health (11.8%)
  • Risk Analysis (10.58%)
  • Safety Training (17.64%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (25.71%)
  • Safety Standards (10.09%)
  • Safety Culture (5.06%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Safety Management Systems (2.44%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Occupational Safety And Health (64.25%)
  • Safety Management Systems (5.05%)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (70.1%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Safety Technician
  • Safety Officer
  • Safety Professional
  • Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
  • Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Safety Advisor
  • Plant Health Care Specialist
  • Safety Inspector
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Safety Consultant

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (279)
  • SavATree (262)
  • TruGreen (245)
  • Loram Maintenance Of Way (223)
  • Ati Physical Therapy (202)
  • Path Light Pro (161)
  • Core Safety Group (161)
  • Bartlett (134)
  • WSP Global (123)
  • Boeing (106)

North Carolina

  • Path Light Pro (21)
  • Kane Realty Corporation (18)
  • Duke University (18)
  • Safety Management Group (13)
  • State of North Carolina (12)
  • Core Safety Group (9)
  • RHA Health Services (9)
  • Evolution Safety Resources (8)
  • Atrium Health (7)
  • UNC Health (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!