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Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

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Gina in Westmont, Illinois

69 months ago

Tom in Tampa, Florida said: Get certifications such as CSP (Certified Safety Professional ) CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist)

Where can I receive a certificate. I have over 15 years of coding experience but do not have a certificate

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Ryan in Anchorage, Alaska

59 months ago

Gina in Westmont, Illinois said: Where can I receive a certificate. I have over 15 years of coding experience but do not have a certificate

You can also get an OSHA 30 Certificate for Construction or for General Industry standards which is a 30 hour course but is required to be Site Safety and Health Officer on most governemt projects. for another 30 hour course you can be an OSHA Authorized Construction Standards Safety and Health Trainer.

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Stephanie

54 months ago

with an OSHA certification can I only work for the government?

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joseph in Kalamazoo, Michigan

53 months ago

Stephanie said: with an OSHA certification can I only work for the government?

unless you are solely working for osha,you cannot do thing like training for companies outside of your current job,this would create a conflict of interest in the eyes of the powers that be

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stephanie in Kansas City, Missouri

53 months ago

joseph in Kalamazoo, Michigan said: unless you are solely working for osha,you cannot do thing like training for companies outside of your current job,this would create a conflict of interest in the eyes of the powers that be

Thank you for the information. I would really love to do something towards environmental it's a shame the shape our beautiful world is in. My grandparents would roll over in their graves if they saw the ocean now, but unfort I know the math would kill me. Although my major is currently Occupational Therapy Assistant unfort it's something I'm finding I dont have my heart in it as much as I thought I would so therefore it makes going to college daily depressing if thats the word. I really respect your career and all the duties you do to keep alot of people safe.

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FGT in Greenville, South Carolina

53 months ago

Stephanie,
I am a COTA and find it terribly depressing every day at work. Get out of the program while you can and study something else that you would enjoy. Plus, being a COTA basically means you are a glorified CNA. I cleaned up 2 people who had major blowouts today. It's just gross and I wouldn't recommend the field to anyone.

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Stephanie

53 months ago

FGT in Greenville, South Carolina said: Stephanie,
I am a COTA and find it terribly depressing every day at work. Get out of the program while you can and study something else that you would enjoy. Plus, being a COTA basically means you are a glorified CNA. I cleaned up 2 people who had major blowouts today. It's just gross and I wouldn't recommend the field to anyone.

ty for the extremely useful information!! I will take it to heart!!The college I'm going to charges $350 an hour! It's way too high in my eyes! if you have anything else to add please do!

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brandon in Shepherd, Texas

53 months ago

Stephanie said: ty for the extremely useful information!! I will take it to heart!!The college I'm going to charges $350 an hour! It's way too high in my eyes! if you have anything else to add please do!

hey, just a lil info. if you really want to make good money in safety get a degree in occupational health & safety. i have many certifications with 4 yrs experience and have a hard time because so many other people have that degree. plus, i dont think companies give much of a chance to the ones just starting out. hope this helps and good luck!

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qsafetytraining.com in Mcallen, Texas

48 months ago

brandon in Shepherd, Texas said: hey, just a lil info. if you really want to make good money in safety get a degree in occupational health & safety. i have many certifications with 4 yrs experience and have a hard time because so many other people have that degree. plus, i dont think companies give much of a chance to the ones just starting out. hope this helps and good luck!

I am glad to hear the truth. There is many qualified individuals that probably knows more than somebody with a degree not to disqualify them, but the reality is that they have it. I still encourage safety trainers to do what they do best!

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qsafetytraining.com in Mcallen, Texas

48 months ago

Live Bilingual Web Cast Safety Training | Nation Wide | qsafetytraining.com

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Ernest in Corpus Christi, Texas

38 months ago

Host said: Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

Pay may vary depending on size of the job, location and such, but the pay rate can be from $20- to $50-per-hour.
Certifications should be viewed just like tools in a mechanic's toolbox- you need a lot of different ones so you are prepared for different jobs. And remember to pursue bilingual capability if it is often useful in your particular area.

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John M in Catonsville, Maryland

37 months ago

joseph in Kalamazoo, Michigan said: unless you are solely working for osha,you cannot do thing like training for companies outside of your current job,this would create a conflict of interest in the eyes of the powers that be

Stephanie and others:

Many more safety professionals work outside of government than inside. It is a horizontal profession -- safety folk are found in ALL organizations that are big enough or hazardouse enough to require them. I have worked for FDIC, for instance. All they do is insure banks!

The above quote about training is way too broad and irrelevant to the original question. I am a CSP with 32 years of experience. I am finishing my career by running the safety (OSHT) curriculum at CCBC in Baltimore, MD. I highly recommend the career. See Nov. Money Magazine. I got a "Traditional" student with no experience and an AAS degree a job making just over $40K a year with benefits. Other, non-traditional students have started at $50 - $60K. One alumnus is making $130K in construction safety.

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