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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Overview
Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Experience

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.

Education

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.

Examples

These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.

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.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $33K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $41K
Median Salary: $53K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $71K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $89K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.

Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.

Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.

Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment.

Conduct worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.

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.

Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.

Verify availability or monitor use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.

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.

Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.

Help direct rescue or firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.

Inspect fire suppression systems or portable fire systems to ensure proper working order.

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.

Plan emergency response drills.

Prepare documents to be used in legal proceedings, testifying in such proceedings when necessary.

Provide consultation to organizations or agencies on the workplace application of safety principles, practices, or techniques.

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.

Test or balance newly installed HVAC systems to determine whether indoor air quality standards are met.

Conduct interviews to obtain information or evidence regarding communicable diseases or violations of health or sanitation regulations.

Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.

Collect data related to ecological or human health risks at brownfield sites.

Maintain logbooks of daily activities, including areas visited or activities performed.

Collect data regarding potential hazards from new equipment or products linked to green practices.

Confer with schools, state authorities, or community groups to develop health standards or programs.

Perform tests to identify any potential hazards related to recycled products used at green building sites.

Examine practices at green building sites to determine whether adherence to green building standards alters risks to workers.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
TapRooT
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SAP
Graphics or photo imaging software
Graphics software
Industrial control software
QuestSuite Professional
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Video conferencing software
Teleconferencing software
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Atomic and nuclear energy machinery and equipment
Passive dosimeters
Communications Devices and Accessories
Two way radios
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Data acquisition equipment
Hand tools
Power blowers
Industrial filtering and purification
Dust collectors
Industrial pumps and compressors
Air compressors
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Cyclone samplers
Lamps and lightbulbs and lamp components
Inspection lamps
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Anemometers
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Handheld calculators
Patient exam and monitoring products
Medical measuring tapes
Personal safety and protection
Safety goggles
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Digital cameras
Respiratory and anesthesia and resuscitation products
Spirometers
Security surveillance and detection
Combustible gas detectors
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Education and Training
79%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language
79%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Customer and Personal Service
78%
Importance

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.

Public Safety and Security
78%
Importance

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.

Chemistry
77%
Importance

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.

Law and Government
77%
Importance

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Engineering and Technology
73%
Importance

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.

Mathematics
73%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Mechanical
70%
Importance

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Biology
69%
Importance

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Top 10 Skills
Active Listening
80%
Importance

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.

Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension
78%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking
78%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing
70%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Monitoring
68%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving
65%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning
63%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Instructing
63%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Judgment and Decision Making
63%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Top 10 Abilities
Deductive Reasoning
78%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
78%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Oral Expression
78%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Problem Sensitivity
78%
Importance

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.

Oral Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Written Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Speech Clarity
73%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Expression
73%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Near Vision
70%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Recognition
68%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Top 10 Work Activities
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
97%
Importance

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Documenting/Recording Information
91%
Importance

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Getting Information
91%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
88%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
88%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Processing Information
87%
Importance

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
87%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Analyzing Data or Information
85%
Importance

Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
85%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Interacting With Computers
85%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Detailed Work Activities

Prepare official health documents or records.

Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.

Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.

Maintain medical laboratory equipment.

Test facilities for environmental hazards.

Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.

Monitor medical facility activities to ensure adherence to standards or regulations.

Communicate health and wellness information to the public.

Develop emergency procedures.

Maintain medical facility records.

Design public or employee health programs.

Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.

Conduct health or safety training programs.

Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.

Inspect work environments to ensure safety.

Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Education
Majors
Major
Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions
Public Health
Interests
Conventional
100%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Realistic
72%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Investigative
58%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Social
48%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Enterprising
43%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic
19%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Top 10 Work Styles
Integrity
96%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Concern for Others
92%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Dependability
91%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Attention to Detail
89%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Analytical Thinking
87%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Cooperation
85%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Initiative
85%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Adaptability/Flexibility
83%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Persistence
83%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Achievement/Effort
82%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Work Values
Relationships
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Achievement
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Working Conditions
58%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.