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.
Plan of study
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.
1. Air and Waste Management Association
2. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
3. American Industrial Hygiene Association
4. American Society of Safety Engineers
5. Board of Certification in Profession Ergonomics
6. Board of Certified Safety Professionals
7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
8. Consumer Product Safety Commission
9. Environmental Protection Agency
10. Federal Aviation Administration
11. Federal Emergency Management Administration
12. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
13. Institute of Hazardous Materials Management
14. Institute of Professional Environmental Practice
15. National Association of Environmental Professionals
16. National Fire Protection Association
17. National Highway Transportation and Safety Board
18. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
19. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
20. National Safety Council
21. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
22. Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
23. Oklahoma Safety Council
24. Risk and Insurance Management Society
25. Society of Fire Protection Engineers
26. System Safety Society
27. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
28. U.S. Department of Agriculture
29. U.S. Department of Energy
30. U.S. Department of Interior
31. Water Environment Federation