Occupational health and safety specialists held about 55,800 jobs in 2008.
While the majority of jobs were spread throughout the private sector; about 41
percent of specialists worked for Federal, State, and local government agencies.
Within the Federal Government, most jobs are as Occupational Safety and
Health Administration inspectors, who enforce U.S. Department of Labor
regulations and impose fines. Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health hires
occupational health and safety specialists to offer companies help in evaluating
safety without the risk of fines. Most large government agencies also employ
occupational health and safety specialists who work to protect agency employees.
Most private companies either employ their own occupational health and safety
workers or contract with them. Most contract work is done through consulting
companies, but some specialists are self-employed.
In addition to working for governments, occupational health and safety
specialists were employed in manufacturing firms; hospitals; educational
services; scientific and technical consulting services; mining, quarrying, and
oil and gas extraction, and construction.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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