Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals develop, implement and evaluate policies and programs to monitor environmental health and occupational health and safety and related legislation to ensure safe and healthy working conditions, and assist injured staff through the workers' compensation and rehabilitation process.

    You usually need a formal qualification in occupational health and safety, environmental health, environmental science or another related field to work as an Occupational and Environmental Health Professional. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals.

    Tasks

    • developing, implementing and reviewing environmental health management plans and occupational health and safety plans
    • preparing and implementing plans and strategies for the safe, economic and suitable disposal of commercial, industrial, medical and household wastes
    • advising on and enforcing legislation, implementing prevention programs and strategies for communicable diseases, food safety, waste water treatment and disposal systems, recreation and domestic water quality, contaminated and hazardous substances, and minimising air, sea, water and noise pollution to improve health outcomes
    • identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks in the workplace
    • developing, implementing and monitoring programs minimising workplace and environmental pollution involving chemical and physical hazards
    • promoting ergonomic principles within the workplace such as matching furniture, equipment and work activities to the needs of employees
    • inspecting and auditing workplaces, processes, plant, and chemical and physical hazards for legislative compliance
    • training employees in personal protective equipment and safe working procedures
    • recording and investigating injuries and equipment damage, and reporting safety performance
    • coordinating the return of injured workers into the workplace

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    • $1,914 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 25,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 44% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 25,000 in 2018 to 27,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,914 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 44% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200822500
    200919300
    201022700
    201127300
    201229400
    201326000
    201425600
    201526400
    201621500
    201723400
    201825000
    202327300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsOccupational and Environmental Health ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings19141460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety23.7
    Construction12.2
    Health Care and Social Assistance11.4
    Mining8.1
    Other Industries44.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOccupational and Environmental Health ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.831.6
    VIC21.725.6
    QLD23.820.0
    SA7.37.0
    WA16.610.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOccupational and Environmental Health ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-242.9-9.39.3
    25-3422.2-22.922.9
    35-4426.7-22.022.0
    45-5427.0-21.621.6
    55-5911.1-9.09.0
    60-646.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOccupational and Environmental Health ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate19.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree26.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma26.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.9-21.121.1
    Year 126.5-18.118.1
    Year 111.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.6-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in occupational health and safety, environmental health, environmental science or another related field to work as an Occupational and Environmental Health Professional. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals.

    Membership with the Environmental Health Australia or the Safety Institute of Australia may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Health Industry and Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and training

      79% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    2. Customer and personal service

      71% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Mathematics

      68% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. English language

      66% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Chemistry

      65% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      97% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      96% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Telephone

      93% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    4. Health and safety of others

      90% Important

      Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

    5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      87% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

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