University of Minnesota
School of Public Health

  • Midwest Center
    for Occupational
    Health and Safety

    1260 Mayo (MMC 807)
    420 Delaware Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Main: 612-626-0900
    Fax: 612-626-4837

  • Call toll free:
    1-877-36- MCOHS

Careers in Occupational Health and Safety


Opportunities exist nationwide for individuals completing degrees (MPH, MS, PhD) in the MCOHS program. Students completing a master's degree often pursue careers in local and state health departments; other state agencies (including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency); poison control centers; environmental and occupational health and safety consulting firms; or in corporations. Students graduating from doctoral programs are prepared for research and leadership careers in academia, government, or industry.

Alumni Job Titles

Click here to view a sampling of job titles and employers of our graduates.

Occupational Health and Safety Career possibilities:

Air Quality Specialist
Chemical Information Specialist
Director of Environmental Services
Environmental Consultant
Ergonomics Specialist
Hazardous Materials Specialist
Health Policy Analyst
Health and Safety Consultant

Industrial Hygienist
Occupational Health Compliance Officer
Occupational Health Nurse
Occupational Medicine Physician

Types of Employers:

Local Health Departments
State Health Departments
Other State Agencies
Poison Control Centers
Environmental Consulting Firms

Research Centers
Colleges and Universities
Government Agencies

Occupational health and safety one of the hottest career options for recent and mid-career college graduates!

A recent University of California San Diego report states that Occupational Health and Safety careers are/will be in increasing demand, based on career trends for college graduates.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is expected to increase 9 percent during the 2006-2016 decade.

Emergency preparedness will continue to increase in importance, creating demand for these workers. More specialists will be needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment and threats, changing regulations, and increasing public expectations.

In private industry, employment growth will reflect overall business growth and continuing self-enforcement of government and company regulations and policies.


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