Occupational Safety Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Occupational safety technicians and specialists help prevent hazards and mistakes in the workplace. Several programs are available for individuals interested in the industry, and there are a few things to look for when choosing an occupational safety school.

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The two types of occupational safety positions, technicians and specialists, require different educational backgrounds. Occupational safety technicians typically have an associate's degree, certificate or on-the-job training; specialists earn a bachelor's degree because this position requires greater responsibility and research.

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Schools with Occupational Safety Programs

The schools below offer programs for aspiring occupational safety technicians and specialists:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition and Fees, Out-of-state (2015-2016)*
Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's Undergraduate: $33,741
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 4-year, Public Master's Graduate: $36,082
Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's Undergraduate: $16,044
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK 4-year, Public Associate's Undergraduate: $17,177
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK 4-year, Public Bachelor's Undergraduate: $14,972
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 4-year, Public Bachelor's Undergraduate: $19,758
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's Undergraduate: $21,835; Graduate: $15,404

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for occupational safety schools:

  • Associate's degree or certificate programs that adhere to the federal standards for occupational safety are appropriate for students who choose the technician route.
  • Students who want to become specialists should choose schools with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Occupational Safety program.
  • Field experience from the likes of internships is crucial and hands-on training benefits postsecondary students.
  • Students should consider a school's reputation and placement within published school rankings.

Occupational safety programs are typically found as certificates or as degrees at the associate and bachelor's levels. Master's degree programs are available as well but are much rarer.

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