Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

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Undergraduate Degree

Description

The Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety was developed by the Schools of Health Sciences and Environmental & Life Sciences of The University of Newcastle, through a partnership with PSB in Singapore. The program was developed in response to a demand for professionals in Singapore, who could address both environmental health and control with OHS.

Graduates can assume professional roles in the management and practice of environmental and occupational health and safety management, by applying knowledge acquired in this program. Careers include consultants, trainers and in-plant EHS advisers. Graduates may move on to managerial postings in various organisations eg EHS Manager, Regional EHS Officer or enhance their current careers by taking up an EHS portfolio, eg Plant or Engineering Managers/Directors inclusive of EHS responsibilities.

Further Study Options

Sample Jobs

Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety professionals can work in a variety of environments. In many cases travelling to sites to develop, review, implement and evaluate procedures to assess the environmental and occupational health of an organisation.. Many professionals can work long and irregular hours and maybe employed in the public or private sector. The following is a list of specific position titles that graduates may find within this field. Access to these positions may depend on the amount, level, and focus of study and/or work experience undertaken.

Generalist Options

Graduates are also able to use the transferable skills gained in their studies to work outside the environmental and occupational health and safety industries. In some instances, further study and/or work experience may be required.

As well as the jobs listed above, there are many positions outside the general field of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety that graduates may pursue using the transferable skills gained in their studies. The list of job titles below shows examples of the type of jobs / careers graduates can diversify into; that might not necessarily be directly related to their degree.

Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.

 

Sample Employers

Below are some examples of major organisations who recruit Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety graduates.

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.


Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.

Australian

  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs

International

Graduate Attributes and Employability

Graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety are the skills, abilities and knowledge that are highly sought after by a broad range of employers. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree.

Graduate Attributes

On completion of the Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Degree, a graduate will:

  • Be able to work with equal facility autonomously or as part of a team
  • Have superior communication skills, both written and oral
  • Make decisions based on sound academic training and knowledge
  • Be able to assess risk and manage the implementation of risk control strategies
  • Be proactive in identifying and managing environmental and occupational health problems
  • Realize the importance of on-going education and training and involvement in professional societies, to stay abreast of new ideas and new developments
  • Have a global outlook to their profession
  • Be able to research information from all sources
  • Appreciate the ethical implications of decision making
  • Play a role in promoting their profession in the wider community