Occupational health nurses work with employers to prevent injury and illness for works while they are at job sites. This is a great field if you want to take on more of a consulting role than a practitioner role.
As an occupational health nurse, you’ll assess places of work to rate how safe they are for workers. Employers may also hire occupational health nurses to provide health and safety documents for workers or even run health and safety seminars. Every site is different, so as an occupational health nurse, your job will be constantly changing. You could also work with employers, insurance companies, or even legal professionals, to assess medical conditions when there is an illness or injury related to a problem at work.
Salary and Career Options
As an occupational health nurse, the sky is the limit as far as how much you can earn, since some nurses run their own independent occupational health consulting firms. On average, occupational health nurses make $66,513 annually. In addition to working in a consultant role, after you have experience in this field, you can also go on to work as an educator or even work in research. Many occupational health nurses come to this field from other related industries such as medical manufacturing or insurance. If you work in a leadership position in this field, your can expect to earn an average of $75,000 or even more in some cases.
Most employers require their occupational health nurses to not only be registered RNs, but also to earn at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The top positions in this field require a master’s degree, which will allow you to better tailor your education to the field of occupational health. Your classes will focus on topics like risk assessment, healthcare law, informatics, education, and public health.
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