Nicole -- 10/12/10

JOB DESCRIPTION: "A health compliance officer may work for the state or for a company. It is their responsibility to inspect the workplace, equipment and machinery to make sure it is compliant with and to enforce federal and state standards, regulations and health and occupational safety laws. Those working for a state agency are required to travel to the work site. The work may be dangerous, requiring specialized safety equipment or the officer may be exposed to different types of health and physical hazards." (DiplomaGuide.com, pg 1)

BEST PART OF JOB: The best part of the job is meeting new people and being out in the field. You are not confined to your office all day. You get to visit intriguing places such as flavor and fragrance companies and pharmaceutical companies allowing you to see how things are made and to talk to interesting people as you inspect the facilities.

WORST PART OF JOB: The worst part of the job having bad weather. As a compliance officer, you travel frequently and inclement weather can complicate matters.

SALARY RANGE: The median annual income is $54,920. The highest ten percent earn more than $83,720.

EDUCATION: Some Health Compliance Officers have a bachelors degree in subjects like health or chemistry. Many have a master's degree in industrial hygiene or occupational health. You can also earn various certifications that may increase your standings with prospective employers. Top colleges include Ashford Univeristy and I.T.T. Technical Institute.

MORE INFO: For more information visit http://diplomaguide.com/articles/Health_Compliance_Officer_Career_Summary.html. This website contains a thorough description of the responsibilities of a Health Compliance Officer and contains various other links and articles which can assist you.

SOURCES:
"Health Compliance Officer Career Summary." DiplomaGuide.com. Web. 13 Oct. 2010.
<http://diplomaguide.com/articles/Health_Compliance_Officer_Career_Summary.html>.

INTERVIEW:

Interview of Mr. Larry Palmer by nicoletca 10/12/10

Occupation: Compliance Officer for State of New Jersey

Employer: State of New Jersey Health Department

Recommended Education/Training: You will need to have a college degree in a science related subject. The best degree for those wishing to pursue this career is that of an industrial hygienist. Other possible degrees include one in occupational and environmental health, chemistry, biology, or even as a registered nurse.

Most Valuable Skill: The most valuable skill is being able to memorize, understand, and interpret all the regulations the companies and business must be in compliance with. It is also important to be able to speak well, as you are meeting new people such as mayors or heads of companies every working day.

Outlook for Profession: Occupational and Environmental Health is a growing field. Mr. Palmer knows many college students who, right after receiving their college degree, have found jobs. He says it is difficult to get a job as a state employee.