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Safety Specialist (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Safety Specialist works with safety specialists to inspect and test workplace environments and equipment and develop workplace safety programs. May specialize in product and equipment safety, and work to identify and correct safety hazards before they affect a customer or end user.

Job Outlook

There were 395 Safety Specialist (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 10895 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Safety Specialist (General) 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 $65,192.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $60,450.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Safety Specialist (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $51,920.

Education and Experience

Posted Safety Specialist (General) 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 Degree11.45%
Bachelor's Degree54.59%
Master's Degree8.75%
Doctoral Degree1.38%
Other25.06%

Posted Safety Specialist (General) 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 years40.33%
3 to 5 years48.45%
6 to 8 years7.18%
9+ years4.04%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Safety Specialist (General) 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 (44.98%)
  • Management (41.83%)
  • Investigation (39.58%)
  • Operations (32.76%)
  • Leadership (21.88%)
  • Microsoft Office (19.27%)
  • Writing (18.97%)
  • Microsoft Excel (18.54%)
  • Customer Service (14.92%)
  • Problem Solving (14.38%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Auditing (32.02%)
  • Occupational Safety And Health (30.52%)
  • Safety Training (24.27%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (42.71%)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (40.81%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Emergency Response (12.48%)
  • Regulatory Compliance (9.95%)
  • Biology (11.25%)
  • Construction (11.77%)
  • Public Health (10.19%)
  • Warehousing (3.95%)
  • Occupational Hygiene (15.57%)
  • Job Safety Analysis (10.72%)
  • Risk Management (10.28%)
  • Project Management (11.35%)
  • Environmental Health (16.8%)
  • Process Safety (3.57%)
  • Risk Analysis (13.13%)
  • Subcontracting (8.62%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (8.86%)
  • Safety Standards (9.35%)
  • Safety Culture (7.85%)
  • Safety Audits (10.52%)

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.

  • Safety Training (37.14%)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (62.45%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (65.36%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Health and Safety Technician
  • Safety and Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Field Safety Specialist
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Safety and Security Specialist
  • Security Specialist
  • Clinical Safety Specialist

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 Safety Specialist (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Kiewit Corporation (121)
  • Entergy (91)
  • Actalent (78)
  • Commonwealth Of Virginia (70)
  • Johnson & Johnson (64)
  • State of Florida (58)
  • Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation (52)
  • Johnson Controls (49)
  • Sturgeon Electric Company (45)
  • AECOM (44)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (9)
  • Bmwc Constructors (8)
  • Adams Electric Company (7)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (5)
  • PSSI International (5)
  • Davidson County, Nc (4)
  • Adams And Associates (4)
  • Piedmont Community College (4)
  • Efi Global (4)
  • Randolph County (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!