ASSE Career Resources Abound

Do you know someone considering a career change or a high-school student researching a future occupation? Direct them to ASSE’s revamped Becoming an OSH Professional web page. The page provides a quick primer on how to get started in safety, explains what OSH professionals do, outlines a typical career path, and highlights the role of continuing education and certification in career advancement.

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According to Laura Clements, ASSE’s manager of professional and global affairs, the page includes elements that are being incorporated into ANSI/ASSE Z590.2, Criteria for Establishing the Scope and Functions of the Professional Safety Position, which is currently being revised. Many of these elements are influenced by the capability framework created by International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations, of which ASSE is a founding member, Clements says.

A wealth of information on career change navigation, search firms, hiring guidelines, job searching and networking are available in ASSE’s Career Resource Center. In addition, mentoring programs are offered by several ASSE groups, including the WISE and BISE common interest groups and the Management Practice Specialty.