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Canada’s Best Jobs 2015: Health & Occupation Inspector

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Health & occupation inspector

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Median Salary: $70,720.00
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +13%
Total Employees: 36,600
Change in Employees (2008–2014): +26%

If you’re looking for a job that has you ensuring others are abiding by certain standards and regulations, then you might want to consider a profession as a health and occupation inspector. Those in this field evaluate and monitor health and safety standards in places like restaurants, public facilities and municipal water systems, as well as develop strategies for the workplace to control risks regarding sanitation, pollution, and the handling and storage of hazardous substances.

How to Qualify: You’ll need to have a post-secondary education either from a university or college, and typically a focus in food science, environmental studies, chemistry or health sciences is required. Depending on the establishment, you can sometimes substitute formal education with work experience and the completion of in-house training courses.

Money: Wage growth has steadily increased in this sector, with median salaries more than $70,500 in 2014.

Opportunity: This is a group where workers are mainly in the transportation and public administration industries, according to Employment and Social Development Canada. There are opportunities to advance in the field to supervisory or managerial positions, but additional experience is required. The projections for a growing workforce in this field looks promising through 2022, with 1.47 predicted jobs for every worker.

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