Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
SOC: 29-9012.00


Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
15,100 employed

Projected (2024):
16,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Construction Health and Safety Technician
  • Construction Safety Consultant
  • Consultant
  • Director of Safety
  • Environmental Health Technologist
  • Environmental, Health, and Safety EHS Leader
  • Ergonomics Technician
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Tech
  • Mine Patrol
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technologist
  • Plant Safety Leader
  • Plant Technical Specialist
  • Project Manager, Senior
  • Radiation Monitor
  • Safety Assistant
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Safety Equipment Testing Specialist
  • Safety Instructor
  • Safety Person
  • Safety Professional, Industrial Hygiene Consultant
  • Safety Specialist
  • Safety Technician
  • Senior Environmental, Health and Safety Professional

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.
  • Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment.
  • Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
  • Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
  • Prepare or review specifications or orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
  • Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Educate the public about health issues or enforce health legislation to prevent disease, to promote health, or to help people understand health protection procedures and regulations.
  • Conduct interviews to obtain information or evidence regarding communicable diseases or violations of health or sanitation regulations.
  • Review records or reports concerning laboratory results, staffing, floor plans, fire inspections, or sanitation to gather information for the development or enforcement of safety activities.
  • Prepare documents to be used in legal proceedings, testifying in such proceedings when necessary.
  • Plan emergency response drills.
  • Maintain logbooks of daily activities, including areas visited or activities performed.
  • Help direct rescue or firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.
  • Confer with schools, state authorities, or community groups to develop health standards or programs.
  • Collect data regarding potential hazards from new equipment or products linked to green practices.
  • Collect data related to ecological or human health risks at brownfield sites.
  • Examine practices at green building sites to determine whether adherence to green building standards alters risks to workers.
  • Perform tests to identify any potential hazards related to recycled products used at green building sites.
  • Test or balance newly installed HVAC systems to determine whether indoor air quality standards are met.
  • Train workers in safety procedures related to green jobs, such as the use of fall protection devices or maintenance of proper ventilation during wind turbine construction.
  • Verify availability or monitor use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.
  • Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.
  • Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.
  • Conduct worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.
  • Inspect fire suppression systems or portable fire systems to ensure proper working order.
  • Provide consultation to organizations or agencies on the workplace application of safety principles, practices, or techniques.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerosol meters
  • Aerosol photometers
  • Air compressors
  • Air flow calibrators
  • Air quality dataloggers
  • Airflow indicators
  • Anemometers
  • Carbon monoxide sensors
  • Cascade impactors
  • Combustible gas detectors
  • Cyclone samplers
  • Data acquisition equipment
  • Data loggers
  • Diffusive air samplers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Dry-gas meters
  • Dust collectors
  • Electrobalances
  • Electrochemical gas monitors
  • Electronic bubble meters
  • Electronic pump calibrators
  • Electrostatic precipitators
  • Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flow hoods
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas detector tubes
  • Gilibrators
  • Grab samplers
  • Half-face respirators
  • Handheld calculators
  • Heat stress monitors
  • Impingers
  • Infrared analyzers
  • Infrared thermometers
  • Inspection lamps
  • Light meters
  • Manometers
  • Mass flow meters
  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Mercury vapor analyzers
  • Microbial samplers
  • Moisture meters
  • Multimeters
  • Octave band analyzers
  • Oxygen monitors
  • Particle counters
  • Particle sensors
  • Particulate monitors
  • Passive dosimeters
  • Passive samplers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal sampling pumps
  • Photodetectors
  • Photoionization detectors PID
  • Portable infrared spectrophotometers
  • Power blowers
  • Protective gloves
  • Radiation detectors
  • Radon monitors
  • Respirator hose masks
  • Rotameters
  • Safety goggles
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Single gas monitors
  • Sorbent tubes
  • Sound level meters
  • Spectroscopes
  • Spirometers
  • Thermal desorption tubes
  • Thermoanemometers
  • Two way radios
  • Vibration monitors
  • Wet scrubbers
  • X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers
  • Brady Lockout Pro
  • Database software
  • Dyadem software
  • Email software
  • Graphics software
  • Industrial Scientific iNet Control Software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Presentation software
  • QuestSuite Professional
  • Remedy Interactive iMitigate
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Statistical analysis software
  • TapRooT
  • Teleconferencing software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800