Considering A Career in Health and Safety – What Are Your Options?

by Dave Collins on June 8, 2013

in Workplace Safety

Considering A Career in Health and Safety – What Are Your Options?

Guest Post

The health and safety career path has become a prime opportunity to pursue something that almost guarantees a successful life. With the area of aid for the public being a centre point of opportunity, it shouldn’t go without statement that it is a difficult but rewarding path. With the appropriate concentration anyone with the right set of motivation and commitment can find themselves in a career where they get to help people, and where no day is ever the same. There are several options in the health and safety career network and many are based on the amount of educational background one has. A few examples of what you could apply for as a career in the health and safety network are:

• Fire Prevention

• Hazardous Materials

• Risk Management

• Industrial Accident Standards

• Safety Management

• Incident Investigations

• Toxicology

• Chemistry

And that is to name just a few. The amount of career options available from these few listed and with several others to consider is truly phenomenal. With the right amount of commitment and patience it can be a very rewarding career and the end of the road.

Many careers in the health and safety network require at least a bachelor’s degree, and in many cases a masters if the individual is looking to move up to a specialist level of high certification. The field of work is always interesting and in constant development. As new techniques become available to prevent hazards and address injuries the job is in a constant state of evolution.

Technicians looking to start at an entry-level position in this field may find work with as little as a foundation degree, and in rare cases specific forms of certification. The health and safety field is an industry of various requirements where knowledge is power and it is essential to know how to address several forms of potential difficulties. It is a challenging but very rewarding field and it can’t go without saying that it takes a great amount of commitment to make the most of this area of career.

In the health and safety field it reaches out to every known form of work. Every labour-intensive job; as well as computer-oriented jobs require a list of accurate actions to handle problems. Whether it is an injury obtained by a piece of machinery, or a sore wrist from typing too much, every event and situation has a closely planned sequence of events to properly address the problem.

The health and safety field is a great area for individuals who want to help people. People who are in a constant urge to learn and develop procedures that already exist and just have a general pleasure in serving public needs, this field of work grants a possibility to put those feelings to the maximum extent. There is never a time where the field is too oversubscribed, where jobs are not available; it is a career that will always have a constant demand. The path to reaching the highest levels in this kind of career involves a lot of education and many people don’t have the patience or commitment to meet those demanding standards. With that being said, the room to move up and really capitalize in the field’s highest ranks will always see an open door for those willing to put in the time.

Richard McMunn is the founder of How2become, a leading career specialist for public sector careers and ; a online jobs service provider in the UK. Richard has a real passion for helping people prepare for and pass tough recruitment processes and assessment centres in order to secure their dream job.

  • liz

    Im doing my grad dip,and applied for a few graduate programs as I see that as my entry point as most adds want you to have experience…how can you enter the field without any experience!!!! I am helping at work when we have some incidences but as an unofficial OHS person….

    Ive also got a nursing background and completed my Masters in rehab counselling, which covers workers comp so im hoping all those skils help, since it seems that you do both OHS and workers comp jobs together. I wouldve preferred if if they offered a dual degree since they are both linked rather than going through 3 years of uni……

    • Riskex

      Sounds like you have it all worked out liz. Dont forget to network! Not always what you know! Big believer in right place at right time otherwise how would some of those in management ever have landed their jobs? The best safety people are those who have a little formal education but mostly they have experience in other aspects of the business – this gives them empathy with both the needs of people and the needs of the business – too many think that safety stands on its own – big mistake!!! Dont forget to highlight your whole life experience in interviews – your background is extremely relevant – if a potential employer cant see that then they do not deserve to have you work with them!!!!!

  • Nelson Bolivar Aton

    A good alternative carrier, helping people and making money in the process. Thanks for the post, it’s great!

  • Chuck

    Being a junior in the field (USA) this was a good article to share. Few comments I would add are those fields are just a fraction of the options. Also would like to emphasize the ability to communicate (written and verbal) with any number of people and personalities. This field takes its toll on your ability to handle stress and poor communication will only make it worse.

  • Great article. Very thought provoking for those, such as myself, thinking about a career in health & safety.

    • Riskex

      Thanks Kirk, yeah incredible number of facets and opportunities to make a difference in peoples lives!

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