How to become a Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Occupational health and safety officers coordinate health and safety systems in an organisation. They identify hazards, assess risks to health and safety, put appropriate safety controls in place and provide advice about accident prevention and occupational health to management and employees. With experience and sometimes further training, occupational health and safety officers may become auditors, who inspect a workplace's level of compliance with health and safety standards.

Personal requirements of a Occupational Health and Safety Officer

  • Tactful and diplomatic
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Discretion and respect for confidentiality and privacy
  • Integrity and honesty

Education & Training for a Occupational Health and Safety Officer

To become an occupational health and safety officer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in occupational health and safety or health science. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,425

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2.4%

NSW 19.2%

NT 1.4%

QLD 27.4%

SA 6.6%

TAS 3.1%

VIC 17.3%

WA 22.7%

Hours worked:

41.1

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 61.6%

Female 38.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 6.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 38.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 22.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 17.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 26.5%

Above 35 years: 73.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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