Safety Inspectors

What Does a Career in OSHA® Safety Look Like?

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA®) is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, established in 1970 to ensure safe and healthy working conditions by establishing and enforcing standards by providing training, outreach, and education.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists visit worksites, collect data, and examine work environments and procedures to determine safety. Jobs could present potentially dangerous environments and health hazards that are unique to the industry.

Time away from home spent traveling to onsite locations is common. Good communication, problem-solving skills, and physical stamina are recommended.


  • A high school degree is required
  • A bachelor’s degree in health or safety or related scientific or technical fields may be required
  • Basic computer skills
  • Certification may be necessary
  • Training for OSHA Certification
  • OSHA Training Institute Education Centers
  • The Board of Certified Professionals
  • The American Board of Industrial Hygiene

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A background in workspace safety precautions can be helpful in pursuing this career.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs as an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist are expected to increase by 6% from 2018 to 2028.

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