The Environmental, Health and Safety Management major is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare you for professional careers in a variety of fields including, but not limited to: federal, state, local, and tribal governments, consulting, industry, and other privately owned companies. Employment opportunities exist in manufacturing, production, health care, insurance, public safety, law enforcement, construction, public and private utilities, communication, and transportation industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates approximately 20% growth in job opportunities in this field over the next ten years.
What is an Environmental, Health and Safety professional? Although it’s often easier to define the role of a lawyer, doctor or teacher; the function an environmental, health and safety professional performs is just as vital to society. Being an environmental, health and safety professional involves protecting America’s workforce, the public and the environment from injury, illness and damage. In this era of technological and scientific advancement, environmental, health and safety management has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career options.
Coursework in this program covers regulatory compliance with EPA and OSHA regulations and standards, industrial hygiene, waste minimization, toxicology, pollution control, risk assessment, science regarding the fate, transport and effects of contaminants, workers’ compensation, climate change, loss control, hazardous waste management, ergonomics, emergency planning, transportation and handling of hazardous materials and much more. This is a very broad discipline and thus provides numerous and diverse career opportunities.
This program is designed as a double major; however, there are two major/minor options for students who change majors and have enough or almost enough hours in another related major and want to earn a minor. These options can be approved through consultation with their academic advisor within this program or the department chair.
The following list represents just a few of the many organizations concerned with safety, health and the environment. To find out more about the number and variety of career opportunities available within this discipline, visit the following websites.
- Air and Waste Management Association
- American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
- American Industrial Hygiene Association
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Board of Certification in Profession Ergonomics
- Board of Certified Safety Professionals
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Federal Emergency Management Administration
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
- Institute of Hazardous Materials Management
- Institute of Professional Environmental Practice
- National Association of Environmental Professionals
- National Fire Protection Association
- National Highway Transportation and Safety Board
- National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Safety Council
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
- Oklahoma Safety Council
- Risk and Insurance Management Society
- Society of Fire Protection Engineers
- System Safety Society
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Energy
- U.S. Department of Interior
- Water Environment Federation
- National Flammable Safety Storage Association