There are many avenues that can suit the answer to your question, depending on what type of service your company provides; construction, marine, mines, drilling, work shop, etc. There is a publication available out there, I think it's called "Successful Safety Career Path"...or some name of that sort. It has contains valuable information. Type it in the search engine, and maybe it will come up.
Another aspect to view is the "W/H"s...(We know Why, right?) Who, What, Where, When, How?... you'd like the education. You can obtain certifications listed on cchest.org, take online safety classes at www.columbiasouthern.edu or www.nu.edu,etc.
Addtional ways to pursue your career is:
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Get involved with a local chapter
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Meet regularly with a mentor
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Network at every conference
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Acquire as many credentials as possible
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Continually invest in your career
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Learn how to perform, administrate and delegate
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Understand that 20 years of experience cannot be crammed into a six-month job stint in a particular area
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Understand organizational dynamics
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Care about employees in your workplace
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Be content where you are and give 100%
As a safety manager, I really enjoy my job and worked hard to get here. I will share the saying, "If I can do it, so can you!".