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Careers in Work Health and Safety

How to have a successful career in work health and safety


Ensure the safety of all employees and create a happy and healthy workplace

When it comes to work health and safety, you can choose to build a career solely around safety in the workplace, or you can pursue added responsibilities in your current job, with the knowledge to implement health and safety practices.

Imperative to all business, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding which industry to work in, but at the end of the day, a successful career in work health and safety depends on your forward planning expertise and exceptional communication skills.


Industry insights

Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals is expected to be average (between 10,001 and 25,000)


Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals



What type of career do you want?

Whether you wish to expand on your work health and safety knowledge to take on addition responsibilities in a current role, or want to focus purely on managing and implementing a business' work health and safety management system, your career outcomes could include:

  • Safety Officer
  • Safety Supervisor
  • WorkCover Trainer
  • Workplace Health & Safety Manager
  • Workplace Health & Safety Officer


Career options

Workplace Health and Safety Officer

Assist senior management in the implementation of a work health and safety system, and coordinate various tasks to ensure the health and well-being of a business’s staff and visitors.

Human Resources Officer

Advance your career growth in an existing human resources role by identifying and control risks, complying with work health and safety legislation and supporting the implementation of the workplace’s work health and safety management systems.

*Source last updated September 2015

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