Professional development

2018 Job Outlook

S+H readers weigh in on job satisfaction, opportunities

2018 Job Outlook
2018  Job Outlook
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How would you describe the current job market for safety and health professionals?

Responses to this question covered the spectrum, from “vibrant,” “robust” and “encouraging” to “bleak” and “mediocre and worsening.” A sampling is below, or read all comments.


I think it is growing. More employers are really looking at safety as a big issue.

I see job postings from the same companies, same job descriptions, at multiple locations, which leads me to believe that companies are playing catch-up for their safety program implementation.

I believe the job market is increasing in opportunity as the demand for compliance and sustainability increases. Employers are actively looking at cost-saving approaches like the Workers’ Compensation Index to improve financial performance.

Smoking hot.

Very promising!

Wide-open, endless opportunities.

Pretty good. I receive more emails and calls for job offers.

I am consistently being contacted for open EHS positions with companies.

I feel that it is very good. I am contacted on a regular basis by recruiters.

Many opportunities, especially if willing to relocate.

Very healthy, getting more lucrative all the time.

It appears to be good based on the number of inquiries I get and the number of ads I see posted.

Currently, it seems positions are opening up for professionals with higher education and experience.


In my market area, jobs are few and far between.

Difficult, especially for people over 50 years old and more than 6 months without work.

Been looking for a full-time position for 2 years.

Very tight in specialized fields. Being in a slow economic region and in an aging industry, it is very tough to find folks that are qualified or willing to learn a wide array of topics.

Weak, hiring at the low end, looking for someone who will keep the company out of a non-compliance situation. Just enough to get by.

Limited for those with less than 10 years’ experience, and also limited for those who do not live in close proximity to major cities.

No market for seasoned professionals.

I have been looking for a new job, and there is not much out there right now.


I see plenty of job postings available, although it appears to me that employers are only looking for untrained (cheaper) staff to fill complex roles.

Lots of positions appear to be available, but the job requirements are monumental.

It seems the positions are still available, but they’re not paying as well as they did five years ago.

Jobs are out there if you’re willing to move. Entry-level positions continue to be a challenge for the newcomer.

Good for younger people and not good for those over 50.

Currently, there are many EH&S positions available; however, there are not many (applicants) with the experience level that employers are needing.

At the middle and lower levels, it is strong. At the upper levels, it is a challenge.

Stable for existing professionals, tough for new people to obtain positions.

There are a few opportunities out there, but are all entry-level or take a wealth of experience.

It seems like there are opportunities, but some may be filled from within before they are advertised.

Good for employers willing to pay higher wages, bad for employers trying to save a buck and pay H&S professionals low salaries.

Very good for those that are passionate about the profession. There are still too many folks with the “it’s a job” or “I am a contractual requirement” attitude.

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