Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. New environmental regulations and laws will require specialists to create and enforce procedures in the workplace.
The increased adoption of nuclear power as a source of energy may be a major factor for job growth for specialists in that field. These specialists will be needed to create and carry out programs to maintain the safety of both the workers and the environment.
Insurance and workers’ compensation costs have become a concern for many employers and insurance companies, especially with an aging population remaining in the workforce longer. Older workers usually have a greater proportion of workers’ compensation claims. Also, as the workforce ages, employers will have to provide more illness- and injury-related benefits, including sick leave. In addition, job growth should be good for those specializing in loss prevention.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition