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What would be a good major to combine with Safety and Occupational Health security to make more money when you graduate?

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I’ve been considering this major but I feel
If I only do this one alone I will have too much free time... please give me your advise
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Megan’s Answer

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Hi Andrew,

I agree with all the previous advice. The only thing that I would add is do what you are passionate in and not what will make you a lot of money. The reason why I say this is because this would be something you want to do for the rest of your life. Yes, there are many times when people change careers, which I have done a few times. Each job I had taught me very valuable lessons. You want to focus on a job that makes you happy. What are you passionate about? This will be a very good major for you as long as you see yourself doing it for the long haul.

Megan recommends the following next steps:

  • Look fully into the program.
  • Find out what you need to apply.
  • Look into other programs and see if those match your interests.
  • Compare what you had found.
  • Make a decision based on what is best for you.

Carol’s Answer

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Industrial Engineering is an excellent major to pair with Safety and Occupational Health. IE will lay the foundation for many career paths. My daughter is in Industrial Engineering but her focus is on more materials management, as we live in the Houston area where there is a tremendous number of chemical plants that are constantly in need of new parts and repairs.

Any type of engineering degree will open a multitude of employment possibilities and increased earning potential.

Here is some additional information:

What Are the Requirements for a Career As an Industrial Engineer?

Industrial engineering is a field that requires professionals who are skilled in organizational optimization techniques. Many colleges offer the general engineering or industrial engineering programs required for starting a career in the field. Read about undergraduate and graduate degree options here. Schools offering

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Education Overview

According to The Institute of Industrial Engineers, the role of an industrial engineer is to streamline the processes that go into producing or manufacturing a service or product, as well as to improve the working conditions and efficiency of employees. The ultimate result of effective industrial engineering is reduced expenses and more productive employees. Industrial engineers need several years of education to learn the skills used on the job, and there are several degrees that students and professionals interested in industrial engineering can earn.

Important Facts About Industrial Engineers

Median Salary (2014)$81,490 Job Outlook (2012-2022)5% growth Key Skills Critical thinking, acute listening, clear speaking and writing ability, problem solving, creativity Similar Occupations Materials engineers, quality control inspectors, cost estimators, management analysts, occupational health and safety specialists, industrial production managers, architectural and engineering managers

Here is the link to the website: https://learn.org/articles/What_are_the_Education_Requirements_for_Starting_a_Career_as_an_Industrial_Engineer.html

Carol recommends the following next steps:

  • Once you have decided on a degree path, make sure to check into internship opportunities. Internships not only provide you with first hand exposure to your area but they are vital to increased employment opportunities as you will have relevant work experience for your resume. And, an internship will help you determine, "Is this is really what I want to do after college?".
  • Look for schools with your particular requirements, ie, degree path, location, cost, time, and then seek out information from those school that meet your needs.
  • Research what if any specialization areas there and the class requirements needed for your degree.

Sabrina’s Answer

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Hi Andrew,
It depends on what industry you want to go into and what other options you want to have.

For solely an HES/EHS focused career:
- Environmental science
- Environmental engineering
These will give you Environmental experience to make you a more rounded HES professional.

If you think you might want to move into project design after working in HES:
- Mechanical or Chemical Engineering
This will allow you to design and manage projects for construction/maintenance crews that you may have been previously working with during your HES duties. It’s also never a bad idea to round out a more humanities/based program with a STEM/technical program so you are a more rounded student and have more options in the future.

If you want to possibly ever go the management round consider
- Finance
- Economics
- Business administration
Understanding the ins/outs of the financial side of business is ALWAYS a desired trait. It can lay the foundation for your future studies if you ever decide to pursue an MBA.

Hope this helps!

Jacquelyn’s Answer

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I would agree with the previous response and focus on a major with Industrial or Systems Engineering or Total Quality Management. These majors have a focus on solving complex problems requiring the integration of people, technologies, materials, and environments and in improving processes, products, services, and the culture in which they work. This strikes a great balance with occupational safety and health because as you build programs you will have the skills to integrate efficiency and effectiveness -- which is key in all working environments.