Occupation Summary

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

O*NET 29-9011.00


Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 17.69%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

  1. Order suspension of activities that pose threats to workers' health or safety.
  2. Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
  3. Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
  4. Investigate the adequacy of ventilation, exhaust equipment, lighting, or other conditions that could affect employee health, comfort, or performance.
  5. Develop or maintain hygiene programs, such as noise surveys, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation surveys, or asbestos management plans.
  6. Inspect or evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  7. Collaborate with engineers or physicians to institute control or remedial measures for hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
  8. Conduct safety training or education programs and demonstrate the use of safety equipment.
  9. Provide new-employee health and safety orientations and develop materials for these presentations.
  10. Collect samples of dust, gases, vapors, or other potentially toxic materials for analysis.
  11. Investigate health-related complaints and inspect facilities to ensure that they comply with public health legislation and regulations.
  12. Coordinate "right-to-know" programs regarding hazardous chemicals or other substances.
  13. Maintain or update emergency response plans or procedures.
  14. Develop or maintain medical monitoring programs for employees.
  15. Inspect specified areas to ensure the presence of fire prevention equipment, safety equipment, or first-aid supplies.
  16. Conduct audits at hazardous waste sites or industrial sites or participate in hazardous waste site investigations.
  17. Collect samples of hazardous materials or arrange for sample collection.
  18. Maintain inventories of hazardous materials or hazardous wastes, using waste tracking systems to ensure that materials are handled properly.
  19. Prepare hazardous, radioactive, or mixed waste samples for transportation or storage by treating, compacting, packaging, and labeling them.
  20. Perform laboratory analyses or physical inspections of samples to detect disease or to assess purity or cleanliness.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Occupational Health and Safety Specialists employed Annual Growth Rate
Management and technical consulting services 6.5 2.33
Nonresidential building construction 2.8 1.23

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $36.40
2018 National average hourly wage $36.03
2016 National employment 83,700
2016 Texas employment 11,908
Texas projected employment by 2026 14,014
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 854

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Systems Evaluation
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
    -- Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Other Activities

  • Administer radioactive isotopes
  • Advise authorities in procedures for radiation incidents or hazards
  • Advise business or operational personnel
  • Advise governmental personnel
  • Advise industrial or manufacturing personnel
  • Advise scientific or research personnel
  • Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures
  • Analyze medical or health data
  • Apply hazardous materials information
  • Attend professional conferences and events
  • Calibrate electronic equipment or instruments to specification
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment
  • Categorize occupational, educational, or employment information
  • Collect clinical data
  • Collect samples for testing
  • Communicate health and safety information
  • Communicate technical or scientific information
  • Compile numerical or statistical data
  • Conduct clinical investigations
  • Conduct informational presentations
  • Conduct legal searches or investigations
  • Conduct safety drills
  • Confer with engineering personnel
  • Confer with manufacturing personnel
  • Confer with scientists and other technical specialists
  • Develop safety procedures and regulations
  • Develop training programs
  • Dispose of hazardous materials and waste
  • Employ aircraft safety regulations
  • Employ radiation safety procedures
  • Endorse safety and training programs
  • Establish long-term relationships with industry professionals
  • Evaluate manufacturing or processing systems
  • Evaluate worker exposure to hazardous or dangerous conditions
  • Follow safety procedures and regulations
  • Identify home safety hazards
  • Identify public safety hazards
  • Identify relevant safety procedures
  • Identify training needs
  • Identify type of radiation
  • Implement health or sanitation standards
  • Implement pollution control techniques
  • Implement sanitation practices in health care settings
  • Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, fire code, or fire hazard compliance
  • Inspect waste disposal or treatment facilities for regulatory compliance
  • Interpret employee medical evaluations
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain dental or medical records
  • Maintain prescribed safe radiation levels
  • Maintain relationships with external agencies, organizations, and communities
  • Maintain safe environment for children
  • Maintain safe work environment
  • Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
  • Manage safety programs
  • Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions
  • Oversee work progress to verify safety or conformance to standards
  • Perform biological testing
  • Perform chemical testing
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform cost benefit analysis
  • Perform safety inspection
  • Perform scientific research
  • Place radioactive waste in disposal containers
  • Prepare medical reports
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Prepare work environment to assure proper ventilation and personal protection
  • Protect forests from accidental fires and fire damage
  • Recommend measures to ensure maximum employee protection
  • Record medical history
  • Research health improvement issues
  • Review engineering information from data or reports
  • Set-up laboratory equipment
  • Suppress industrial fires
  • Take responsibility for safety of group
  • Test ambient levels of air quality, noise, or temperature
  • Test materials to verify safety standards or ensure meeting of specifications
  • Test radiation levels of surrounding area

  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.


Air pollutant samplers: Particle sensors; Gravimetric dust samplers;

Air samplers or collectors: Sampling trains; Cascade impactors; Air sampling impingers; Aerosol monitoring instruments; Dry gas meters;

Air sampling pumps: High-volume air sampling pumps; Air sampling pumps; Low-volume air sampling pumps;

Air velocity and temperature monitors: Air flow monitors;

Anemometers: Anemometers;

Audiometers or accessories: Audiometers;

Barometers: Barometers;

Chemical absorption gas analyzers: Chemical detection tubes;

Chromatographic detectors: Ultraviolet UV digital meters;

Colorimeters: Colorimeters;

Compressed air gun: Compressed air guns;

Decontamination shower: Emergency shower stations;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Dissolved oxygen meters: Dissolved oxygen monitors;

Dosimeters: Radiation monitoring instruments;

Ear muffs: Protective ear muffs;

Eyewashers or eye wash stations: Emergency eye wash stations;

Fire extinguishers: Fire extinguishers;

Flame ionization analyzers: Flame ionization detectors FID;

Flowmeters: Wet test meters;

Gamma counters: Gamma radiation survey meters;

Gas chromatographs: Gas chromatographs GC;

Gas detector tubes: Charcoal absorption tubes; Benzene detector tubes; Sorbent tubes;

Gas detectors: Combustible gas meters; Gas leak testing equipment;

Geiger counters: Geiger-Muller counters;

Goggles: Safety goggles;

Handheld thermometer: Handheld thermometers;

Hazardous material protective apparel: Personal protective suits;

Laboratory balances: Laboratory balances;

Laboratory flasks: Volumetric flasks;

Leak testing equipment: Smoke generating tubes;

Liquid leak detectors: Refrigerant leak detectors; Liquid leak testing equipment;

Luxmeters: Luxmeters;

Manometers: Manometers;

Medical tape measures: Medical measuring tapes;

Moisture meters: Moisture meters; Humidity measurement equipment;

Multi gas monitors: Multi-gas detectors;

Notebook computers: Notebook computers;

Pasteur or transfer pipettes: Laboratory transfer pipettes;

Peristaltic pumps: Peristaltic pumps;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

pH meters: pH monitors;

Photometers: Photometers;

Pressure indicators: Pressure meters;

Psychrometers: Psychrometers;

Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories: Self-contained breathing apparatus;

Respirators: Respirators;

Rotameters: Rotameters;

Safety shoes: Safety shoes;

Sample holders: Sample vials;

Sampling syringes: Microliter syringes;

Single gas monitors: Chlorine monitors;

Soil testing kits: Soil testing kits;

Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters: X ray fluorescence XRF lead testing analyzers;

Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies: Spirometers;

Toxicology test kits or supplies: Mold sampling equipment;

Turbidimeters: Turbidity monitors;

Vibration testers: Vibration measurement equipment;


Compliance software: ESS Compliance Suite; Mannus Compliance: EHS; Primatech AUDITWorks;

Data base user interface and query software: Quality Systems Incorporated Safety Tagging System; RAE Systems HazRAE; Medgate Occupational Health and Safety Software; Microsoft Access; EcoLogic Systems ADAM Indoor Air Quality Management Software; ImageWave MSDSFinder; Curtis Management Resources Training Management System; Database software; Safety Software OSHALOG 300;

Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: SAP software;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Project management software: Microsoft SharePoint software;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

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  • 11-9161.00 Emergency Management Directors
  • 13-1041.01 Environmental Compliance Inspectors
  • 17-2081.00 Environmental Engineers
  • 17-2111.01 Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
  • 29-9012.00 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
  • 17-2111.03 Product Safety Engineers
  • 19-1031.01 Soil and Water Conservationists
  • 17-2199.02 Validation Engineers

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about credentialing in industrial hygiene, visit: American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • For more information about occupations in safety, a list of safety and related academic programs, and credentialing, visit: Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • For more information about occupational health and safety, visit: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • To find job openings for occupational health and safety positions in the federal government, visit: USAJOBS
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.