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.