Health and Safety Management – An emerging career option for aspiring youngsters!
Since workplace Health and Safety domain are gradually becoming an integral part of planned business operations, many companies have begun to hire professionals who hold some expertise in this field and who can help create better plans for risk management. So, let us explore some key aspects of this system which has high scope and is deeply rewarding in a long run.
The opportunities for safety professionals are expected to continue growing over the next several years at a rate higher than most occupations. In fact, jobs for occupational safety and health technicians are expected to grow over 10% through 2026, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
One can hope to start their career as Safety Supervisor and subsequently go on to head the HSE department in the top organisations around the world.
Popular job roles in this sector include:
Safety Officer, EHS Officer, EHS Engineer, EHS Manager, and Fire & Safety Officer.
Freshers hoping to commence their professional journey with this sector can expect their salary between Rs 15,000 – Rs. 25,000 per month, while those with prior experience can earn up to Rs 60,000 per month and more.
Big Growth—and Change—Expected for the Safety Profession
The occupational safety and health (OSH) scenario in India is complex. Unprecedented growth and progress go hand in hand with challenges such as huge workforce in unorganized sector, availability of cheap labor, meagre public spending on health, inadequate implementation of existing legislation, lack of reliable OSH data, shortage of OSH professionals, multiplicity of statutory controls, apathy of stakeholders and infrastructure problems. The national policy on OSH at workplace, adopted by the government in 2009, is yet to be implemented. Some of the major occupational risks are accidents, pneumoconiosis, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic obstructive lung diseases; pesticide poisoning and noise induced hearing loss.
Hence, the vast number of upcoming projects spread across Indian landscape would need such a qualified health and safety professionals.