Occupational Health and Safety Specialists (29-9011)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 402394 -2.00 88
United States 70,30073,100 4.0280 1,4101,690

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 34.8519.8626.12 34.0942.3350.22
Alaska 41.7327.7433.31 40.4150.5859.18
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 41.6528.4732.93 39.2450.3759.99
Fairbanks North Star Borough 36.0824.0428.54 35.9743.5448.57
Southeast Region 33.7425.3128.66 34.6738.5242.41
Balance of State 44.7831.3836.89 45.4154.1060.11

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
506147 29.153.6 41.9
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation88
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation50
UI claimants previously working in occupation45
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 196
Number of job position postings 20
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 9.8

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry
Electrical Hazards
Ergonomics
Fall Protection
Fire Detection and Protection
Fire Prevention
Hazard Communication
Hazard Recognition Training, 16-Hour EM 385-1-1
Hazard Recognition Training, 40-Hour EM 385-1-1
Health Hazards in Construction
Introduction to OSHA - Construction
Introduction to OSHA - General Industry
Lockout and Tagout
Machine Guarding
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 10-Hour Outreach for General Industry
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for Construction
OSHA 30-Hour Outreach for General Industry
OSHA 300 Record Keeping
Personal Protective Equipment
Rigging & Material Handling
Safety and Health Programs
Safety Programs and Subpart C
Scaffolds
Stairways and Ladders
Walking and Working Surfaces

 Degree
Alaska Building Science Network   (Juneau)
Hand and Power Tool Safety

 Degree
Alaska Petroleum Academy   (Kenai)
Confined Space Entry
Confined Space Rescue
Cook Inlet Training Standards/24 Hour Hazwoper
Cook Inlet Training Standards/Hazwoper Refresher
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety
Petroleum Chemical Health and Safety Refresher

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Hazardous Material Transportation Specialist
Mining Safety and Health Administration
North Slope Training Cooperative
OSHA 10 Hour General Construction
OSHA 30 Hour General Construction
Transportation Awareness; 49 CFR 172.704

 Degree
Alaska West Training Center   (Fairbanks)
Fall Protection - S08
Hazardous Materials Transportation Basic - HMT02
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Basic - HMT04
Hazardous Materials Transportation by Air Recurring - HMT05
Hazardous Materials Transportation General Awareness - HMT01
Hazardous Materials Transportation Infectious Substance - HMT10
Hazardous Materials Transportation Recurring - HMT03
Hazardous Materials Transportation Waste - HMT08
Hydrogen Sulfide - H2S
Permit Required Confined Space Entry - S01
Permit Required Confined Space Entry and Fire Watch - S01a
Permit Required Confined Space Rescue - S02
Petroleum Technician - ER06
Petroleum Workers Safety and Health - S05
Transportation Specialist - ER10
Unescorted Module - NSTC01
Unescorted Module Update/Refresher - NSTC02

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Confined Space Entry (OSHA and NSTC Offered)
Confined Space Rescue (OSHA)
Cook Inlet Training Standards & Industrial Safety (CITS) Certificate
Energy Isolation (NSTC and OSHA Offered)
Fall Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)
Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
North Slope Training Cooperative (NSTC) Unescorted with/without H2S Certificate
Respiratory Protection (NSTC and OSHA Offered)

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Hazardous Materials Transportation Specialist
Mining Safety and Health
OSHA 10 hour
OSHA 30 hour
Transportation Awareness, 49 CFR 172.704

 Degree
Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Health, Safety, and Environmental

 Degree
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Occupational Safety Management MS
Safety Management BS

 Degree
Environmental Management Inc   (Anchorage)
Asbestos Abatement Certification Certificate
Confined Space Procedures Certificate
EPA/AHERA Project Design Refresher Certificate
Hazardous Materials Transportation 12 Hours Certificate
Hazardous Materials Transportation 24 Hours Certificate
Hazardous Materials Transportation Refresher (IMDG) Certificate
NSTC 6 PACK & H2S Module Certificate
OSHA 10/30 hour Construction Outreach Certificate
OSHA 10/30 Hour General Industry
OSHA Construction Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate
OSHA General Industry Outreach - 30 Hours Certificate
Scaffold Safety and Fall Protection Certificate
Trenching, Excavating & Shoring Certificate

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Industrial Safety, Level 1 Endorsement
Scaffolding Endorsement

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Fall Protection Authorized User
Fall Protection Competent Person / 015
Health, Safety & Environmental Technician (HSET)/064
Lead Abatement Supervisor / 059
Lead Inspector Refresher / 061
Lead Risk Assessor Refresher / 062
NSTC 2014 ASH Update / 003
NSTC Confined Space Entry / 004
NSTC Energy Isolation / 005
NSTC Fall Protection / 006
NSTC Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Module/002
NSTC Respiratory Protection /007
NSTC Unescorted/001
OSHA 10 Hour Construction / 020 Training
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry / 021
OSHA 30 Hour Construction / 022
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry / 023
OSHA Aerial Platform - Manlift in Alaska
PEC Premier Basic Orientation / 051
PEC Premier Core Compliance / 052

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
OSHA 10

 Degree
Satori Group Inc   (Anchorage)
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Initial Certificate
Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor Refresher Certificate
Confined Space Entry Certificate
Fall Protection
Hazard Communication
OSHA Outreach Training, 10 Hour Certificate
OSHA Outreach Training, 30 Hour Certificate
Trenching and Excavation Competent Person Training Certificate

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Occupational Safety & Health AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Indust Safety Program Support CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Safety, Hlth & Envn Aware Tech CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Confined Space Entry
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface Refresher
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground Refresher
North Slope Training Consortium (NTSC)