The landscape for Health and Safety professionals continues to be promising. Future employment growth in the WHS field is predicted to be strong over the next five years, according to the Australian Government, and earnings for employees in this industry remain above average.

With demand growing and full-time work offering competitive salaries, now is a great time to invest in either advancing or jump-starting your WHS career with the relevant qualifications. Obtaining a Quality HSR Training Certification or better yet a Diploma of Quality Auditing can help improve your prospects for a promotion or even a starting job.

According to Paul McDonald, senior executive director at recruiting firm Robert Half, organisations across industries appreciate the formal recognition of skill that comes with certifications or qualifications.

"Keeping your skills up to date is vital to career advancement, and acquiring a general or industry-specific certification is one way to do so," explained Mr McDonald. "Employers often support ongoing development because they benefit from well-educated, highly skilled professionals who are current with trends and able to apply what they've learned to business needs."

Securing a diploma in various OHS skills can significantly improve your career prospects.
Securing a diploma in various WHS skills can significantly improve your career prospects.

What jobs are available to qualified WHS professionals?

Many people look to SEEK, the world's largest online employment marketplace, when pursuing new job opportunities. As such, we decided to pinpoint the top 10 job roles advertised on the site for qualified WHS professionals. The entries were as follows:

  1. Senior Safety Advisor
  2. WHS Leader
  3. Injury Management Advisor
  4. OH&S Officer
  5. National HSE Manager
  6. Project Safety Officer
  7. HSE Advisor
  8. Safety Systems Officer
  9. Senior Manager OHS&E
  10. Executive Director, Health and Safety

This list gives a taste of the spectrum of jobs available to WHS professionals with the relevant credentials. Working in this field allows for mobility across industries as many WHS workers are employed in fields spanning from manufacturing to government services.

While the salaries on SEEK are not always displayed, the range for the above jobs spans from $50,000 to nearly $300,000 annually – showing the true potential for earnings in the field. Whether you are starting off at the beginning of this scale or the middle, qualifications provide professionals with the skills necessary to climb to the top-end of these earnings.

The professional value of WHS qualifications

WHS professionals, as a whole, are generally above average when it comes to securing various educational attainments in their fields.

On average, 38.5 per cent of WHS workers have an advanced diploma, compared to 10.5 per cent across all other occupations. Yet, only 14.8 per cent have Certificate III or IV qualifications. This means there is a serious opportunity for professionals to gain a leg up in their industry by investing in the relevant qualifications. 

Investing in qualifications can set you up on the path to a more fulfilling professional life.
Investing in qualifications can set you up on the path to a more fulfilling professional life.

The underlying message beneath this is that the more qualified you are, the better chances you will have of advancing your career.

For professionals hoping to break into the WHS field, training courses can provide them with the necessary requisites to land an interview and begin their career. For seasoned professionals, upskilling allows for the chance to take on bigger positions at more senior levels with higher salaries as well.

Investing in qualifications really translates to investing in yourself and your professional advancement.

To learn more about a variety of relevant certifications for your WHS professional future, check out what AlertForce has to offer today!

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