Occupational health professionals make a real difference to the health of workers. Research shows that good health is good for business and better workplaces have better financial results. Occupational health (OH) is a rewarding and interesting career and one that allows a good work/life balance.
SOM held its first OH Jobs and Career Fair in 2018, demonstrating its support for the next generation of OH professionals. The second Career Fair was held in September 2019. This event provided information about careers in occupational health and medicine. You can view presentation slides from the event here and here.
Being a member of the SOM can support your career development. The occupational health world is friendly. There will be more people than you think out there who are willing to help and support you in your career. Whatever your background or interests, there is a career in occupational health that's perfect for you.
Career paths in occupational health
Doctors, psychologists, technicians, nurses and physiotherapists all play important roles within OH. This video explains why they love working in OH, their day-to-day responsibilities, opportunities for training and career progression and much more. OH is an exciting and varied field to work in, one that offers great work-life balance and near endless possibilities.
Dr Iain Kennedy explains in this blog the importance of occupational medicine in his work as a GP. Dr Rob Hampton describes why there is an increasing interest in the specialty being seen as an attractive and sometimes lucrative field of work. Dr Peter Tamony, a junior doctor, shares his experience of a taster week of training in occupational health during his final year as a medical student.
The role of an occupational health physician is often determined by the requirements of the employer or customer. Occupational health doctors are concerned with the protection of the health of the workforce and the prevention of occupational health and diseases and related environmental issues. More information about the role of doctors in occupational medicine can be found here.
The occupational health nursing profession focuses on the prevention and management of workplace injuries. Occupational health nursing is a rewarding and diverse career. All registered nurses can apply for occupational health nursing roles. There are occupational health nurse jobs available in both the private sector and the NHS. More information about becoming an occupational health nurse can be found here.