Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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.
There were 270 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8136 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,549.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $53,275.
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 $47,454.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||43%|
|3 to 5 years||47%|
|6 to 8 years||6%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (44%)
- Microsoft Office (30%)
- Microsoft Excel (25%)
- Organizational Skills (22%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Occupational Health and Safety (98%)
- Safety Training (33%)
- Industrial Hygiene (16%)
- Workers' Compensation (15%)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (15%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Training Programs (14%)
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (13%)
- Legal Compliance (10%)
- Scheduling (10%)
- Record Keeping (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Fall Protection (6%)
- Hazard Analysis (6%)
- Health Programs (5%)
- Ergonomics (5%)
- Hazard Identification (5%)
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 Coordinator
- Safety Specialist
- Safety Officer
- Safety And Occupational Health Specialist
- Safety Technician
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.
- Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager
- Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Coordinator
- Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Manager
- Safety Specialist
- Safety Manager
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.
- FedEx (130)
- Core Safety Group (80)
- Occupational Safety And Health Administration (64)
- Cintas (63)
- Sysco Corporation (58)
- State North Carolina (22)
- Nc Department Transportation (5)
- North Carolina Department Of Justice (5)
- XPO Logistics (5)
- Mobile Health Diagnostics (4)
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!