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Occupational Safety Management

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The field of Occupational Safety is devoted to promote occupational health and safety of workers in the organizations. Safety Professionals focus on identifying hazardous conditions, practices and processes that may cause injuries and diseases. Then they determine where controls need to be implemented to reduce or eliminate hazards and advise if a new program or practice is required.  

If you are interested in learning more about a career in this field or any other careers in occupational health and safety, please contact Kelly Freedman at kfreedm1@usf.edu



  • What type of educational background should an Occupational Safety student have?

    Students with an undergraduate degree in science, engineering or psychology tend to perform well in the Occupational Safety program. Undergraduate courses in communications, humanities and social sciences highly recommended but not required.
  • Where do program graduates typically work?

    Our graduates typically work in a wide variety of jobs such as power plants, industry and manufacturing of all types, public utilities and agribusinesses. They may also work in settings such as risk management, government, education, consulting, construction, healthcare, waste management, retail, and transportation.
  • How much money can I earn as an Occupational Safety Professional?

    According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (see http://www.bls.gov/oco/) the median annual earnings of occupational health and safety professionals were over $50,000 in May 2004. Currently, entry level jobs pay about that much, and with 5 years experience and achieving Certified Safety Professional status, you can expect to earn $75,000 to $100,000 or more.