Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
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Overview
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians collect data on and analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. Technicians work with specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for occupational health and safety specialists are expected to grow by 8%, and should have about 5,100 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Occupational health and safety specialists are less likely to be automated than 72% of other careers.
Workforce size
Occupational health and safety specialists, with 83,700 workers, form a larger workforce than 61% of careers.
Education
About 65% of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) have bachelor's degrees than 79% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for occupational health and safety specialists is higher than 80% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most occupational health and safety specialists.
This job's median $73KAll jobs' median $39K$74K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 45% of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) -- that's a larger percentage than 59% of other jobs.
Gender of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), the median men's salary was 20% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 19% of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Occupational Health and Safety Specialists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 44% of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), and 61% have company-sponsored health insurance (18% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 65% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of occupational health and safety specialists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (100%)
  • Consequence of Error (68%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (54%)
  • Time Pressure (41%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), which combines the data for 5 careers, including occupational health and safety specialists. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for occupational health and safety specialists, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for occupational health and safety specialists compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for occupational health and safety specialists (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), and then we show how the median (middle) salary for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where occupational health and safety specialists work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) (ACS)
Private for-profit (54.5%)
Private not-for-profit (11.7%)
Local government (12.5%)
State government (9.9%)
Federal government (8.3%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.9%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), which combines the 5 specialties for this career.
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Distribution: Salaries of occupational health and safety specialists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty occupational health and safety specialists, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$73K$83K$64K$74K$63K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) and gender

With 45% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 59% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
Men (55%)
Women (45%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), with the median salary for men 20% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 60% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
White (78% )
Black (11% )
Asian (4% )
Other (3% )
Multiracial (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) by nativity
$54K$55K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by occupational health and safety specialists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), occupational health and safety specialists typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas).

Education attained by healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for occupational health and safety specialists

Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or a related scientific or technical field, such as engineering, biology, or chemistry. For some positions, a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, health physics, or a related subject is required. In addition to science courses, typical courses include ergonomics, writing and communications, occupational safety management, and accident prevention.

Employers typically require technicians to have at least a high school diploma. High school students interested in this occupation should complete courses in English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Some employers prefer to hire technicians who have earned an associate’s degree or certificate from a community college or vocational school. These programs typically take 2 years or less. They include courses in respiratory protection, hazard communication, and material-handling and storage procedures.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for occupational health and safety specialists

Although certification is voluntary, many employers encourage it. Certification is available through several organizations, depending on the field in which the specialists work. Specialists must have graduated from an accredited educational program and have work experience to be eligible to take most certification exams. To keep their certification, specialists usually are required to complete periodic continuing education.

Occupational safety and health specialists and technicians can earn professional certifications including the following:

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)? Below we see the distribution of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$40K$50K$50K$52K$53K$62K$73K$79K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (2%)High School (11%)Some College (15%)Associate's Degree (8%)Bachelor's Degree (38%)Master's Degree (24%)Professional Deg/Doct (2%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)

This table shows the college majors held by people working as healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas). Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Physical therapistsOccupational therapistsHealthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)Therapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersPhysicians and surgeonsPhysician assistantsRegistered nursesElementary and middle school teachersPostsecondary teachersManagers (specialized areas)DentistsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsRecreation and fitness workersSecondary school teachersAthletes, coaches, umpires, and related workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersEducation administratorsNurse PractitionersNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesNurse anesthetistsSocial workersCounselorsPsychologistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersSecretaries and administrative assistantsAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersEnvironmental scientists and geoscientistsCompliance officersManagement analystsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersRetail salespersonsDiagnostic related technologists and techniciansTreatment TherapyProfessionsBiologyPhysical Fitness, Parks,Recreation, and LeisureNursingPsychologyCommunity and PublicHealthBusiness Management andAdministrationEnvironmental ScienceGeneral BusinessGeneral Medical and HealthServicesAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)

What jobs will most healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)Managers (specialized areas)Compliance officersPhysicians and surgeonsRegistered nursesInspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesScience techniciansManagement analystsCounselorsPostsecondary teachersRetail salespersonsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHealth Technologists and TechniciansMedical and health services managersAgricultural inspectorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Protective Service WorkersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersIndustrial engineersOperations research analystsEnvironmental scientists and geoscientists
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 10 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) as well as 1% of respondents after working as healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas). Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
380,800
$0$200K$25K
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
Physicians and surgeons
28,600
$0$200K$76K
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
Industrial engineers
21,600
$0$200K$77K
Health Technologists and Technicians
12,400
$0$200K$41K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas): full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
380,800
$0$200K$25K
1.1%
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
1.5%
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
1.3%
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
4.7%
Recreation and fitness workers
131,400
$0$200K$30K
1.3%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
3.6%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
4.5%
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
71,400
$0$200K$32K
1.1%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
1.2%
Police officers
49,900
$0$200K$62K
1.7%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
1.1%
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
1.4%
Physicians and surgeons
28,600
$0$200K$76K
2.6%
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
2.2%
Industrial engineers
21,600
$0$200K$77K
2.1%
Healthcare support workers
21,300
$0$200K$29K
1.3%
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
1.1%
Health Technologists and Technicians
12,400
$0$200K$41K
1.1%
Industrial production managers
11,700
$0$200K$74K
1.1%
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
11,400
$0$200K$54K
30.0%
Read about occupational health and safety specialists
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect, test, and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices to ensure that they follow safety standards and government regulations
  • Prepare written reports on their findings
  • Design and implement workplace processes and procedures that help protect workers from hazardous work conditions
  • Evaluate programs on workplace health and safety
  • Educate employers and workers about workplace safety by preparing and  providing training programs
  • Demonstrate the correct use of safety equipment
  • Investigate incidents and accidents to identify what caused them and how they might be prevented

Occupational health and safety specialists examine the workplace for environmental or physical factors that could affect employee health, safety, comfort, and performance. They may examine factors such as lighting, equipment, materials, and ventilation. Technicians may check to make sure that workers are using required protective gear, such as masks and hardhats.

Some develop and conduct employee safety and training programs. These programs cover a range of topics, such as how to use safety equipment correctly and how to respond in an emergency.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of occupational health and safety specialists? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Ability to use technology
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians must be able to use advanced technology. They often work with complex testing equipment.
Communication skills
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians must be able to communicate safety instructions and concerns to employees and managers. They frequently prepare written reports and prepare and deliver safety training to other workers.
Detail oriented
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians need to understand and follow safety standards and complex government regulations.
Physical stamina
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians must be able to stand for long periods and be able to travel regularly. Some work in environments that can be uncomfortable, such as tunnels or mines.
Problem-solving skills
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians must be able to solve problems in order to design and implement workplace processes and procedures that help protect workers from hazardous conditions.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for occupational health and safety specialists
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for occupational health and safety specialists was higher than 80% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for occupational health and safety specialists are anticipated to grow by 8% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 49% of other jobs.

The projected employment for occupational health and safety specialists is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most occupational health and safety specialists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as occupational health and safety specialists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Occupational Health and Safety Specialists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where occupational health and safety specialists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas).

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas), which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which occupational health and safety specialists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas) (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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