Build in-demand professional skills for a vital industry and promote great health at work by studying a WHS course.
Graduates of WHS courses usually work as occupational health and safety officers, and may work independently, in a safety team, or with the management team of a business or organisation. As a workplace health and safety professional, you may perform tasks like:
After completing a WHS course, you may seek employment in a wide range of health and safety assistance, management and leadership roles across a wide range of industries. Roles you may choose to take on include working as a:
You’ll enjoy working in health and safety if you:
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook describes the health and safety industry as a medium-sized and growing sector in Australia. Currently employing approximately 24,000 people, the sector has been growing in size for the past decade and is likely to continue growing at the same rate to employ approximately 27,400 people by 2020.
Similarly, approximately 6,000 people are employed in Australia as safety inspectors, and Job Outlook predicts opportunities in the profession to expand at a similar rate, to employ approximately 6,600 safety inspectors by 2020.
According to PayScale, a safety office may expect to earn an annual salary between $49,000 and $96,000, with an annual average salary of approximately $66,000.
A health and safety manger can expect to earn between $59,000 and $126,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $85,000, according to PayScale. PayScale notes that a strong, positive relationship exists between earning capacity and experience, with managers with 20 years of professional experience or more earning on average $122,000 per year, while entry-level managers earn on average approximately $73,000 per year.