Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety

(NOC 2263)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Inspectors in this group evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks in the workplace. They inspect restaurants, industrial establishments, municipal water systems, public facilities, institutions and other workplaces to ensure compliance with government regulations regarding sanitation, pollution control, the handling and storage of hazardous substances and workplace safety. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 150 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 57% of Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $69,776. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$18.50

Minimum

$33.00

Median

$53.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$19,337

Minimum

$62,585

Median

$113,122

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Inspectors in this group evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks in the workplace. They inspect restaurants, industrial establishments, municipal water systems, public facilities, institutions and other workplaces to ensure compliance with government regulations regarding sanitation, pollution control, the handling and storage of hazardous substances and workplace safety. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Inspect the sanitary conditions of restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and other public facilities or institutions.
  • Conduct surveys and monitoring programs of the natural environment to identify sources of pollution.
  • Collect samples of water for analysis; measure physical, biological and chemical workplace hazards; and conduct safety and environmental audits.
  • Investigate health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases or poisonings and workplace accidents.
  • Inspect workplaces to ensure that equipment, materials and production processes do not present a safety or health hazard to employees or to the general public.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies.
  • Initiate enforcement procedures to fine or to close an establishment contravening municipal, provincial or federal regulations.
  • Provide consultation and deliver training programs to employers, employees and the general public on issues of public health, environmental protection or workplace safety.

Sample job titles

  • environmental health officer
  • hazardous waste inspector - environmental health
  • hotel and restaurant inspector - public health
  • industrial safety officer - occupational health and safety
  • labour standards officer - occupational health and safety
  • occupational health and safety advisor
  • occupational health inspector
  • public health inspector
  • safety and sanitary inspector - public and environmental health
  • waste water treatment plant inspector
  • prevention officer - occupational health and safety

Skills

For these jobs, the ability to work effectively with the public under various circumstances is crucial. Good observational and analytical skills are necessary. You must be accurate and able to pay close attention to detail. Honesty and integrity are important. Excellent communication skills are also important.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a discipline such as food science, environmental studies, chemistry or health and safety is usually required.
  • In some establishments, several years of related work experience and the completion of in-house training courses may substitute for formal education.
  • Occupational health and safety officers may require certification with the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

750

employed in 2016

92.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

31.7%
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68.3%
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46.7

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

49.2%

Halifax

18.6%

Cape Breton

13.1%

Northern

12.0%

Annapolis Valley

7.1%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

34.7%

Public Administration

10.0%

Other Professional Services

8.0%

Construction

6.7%

Health Care and Social Assistance

6.0%

Management, Admin & Other Support

What is the age of Employment?

27.5%

25-34

27.0%

45-54

21.8%

35-44

17.1%

55-64

4.3%

15-24

2.8%

65+

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

29.1%

College certificate or diploma

$105,671 median annual income
25.7%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
19.4%

High school

N/A
8.0%

University certificate or diploma

N/A
7.4%

Trades certificate

$46,901 median annual income

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Biochemistry

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific study of the chemistry of living systems, their fundamental chemical substances and reactions, and their chemical pathways and information transfer systems, with particular reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. These programs include courses in bio-organic chemistry, protein chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, bioseparations, regulatory biochemistry, enzymology, hormonal chemistry, calorimetry, and research methods and equipment operation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Chemistry - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behaviour of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Environmental studies

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, and/or humanistic approaches. These programs include courses in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Food science

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of converting raw agricultural products into processed forms suitable for direct human consumption, and the storage of such products. These programs include courses in applicable aspects of the agricultural sciences, human physiology and nutrition, food chemistry, agricultural products processing, food additives, food preparation and packaging, food storage and shipment, and related aspects of human health and safety including toxicology and pathology.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Occupational safety and health technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in maintaining job-related health and safety standards. These programs include courses in safety engineering principles, inspection and monitoring procedures, testing and sampling procedures, laboratory techniques, applications to specific work environments, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Quality control and safety technologies/technicians - Other

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Security and loss prevention services

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform routine inspection, patrol and crime prevention services for security companies. These programs include courses in the provision of personal protection as well as property security.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
PO Box 720-999 West Broadway Ave
Vancouver, BC, BC V5Z 1K5
Tel: (888) 245-8180
Fax: (604) 738-4080
Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
6700 Century Avenue, Suite 100
Mississauga, ON L5N 6A4
Tel: (905) 567-7198
Fax: (905) 567-7191

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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