Compliance Officer Career Information, Job Outlook & Salary

Compliance Officer

Compliance Officer Employment

There are approximately 56,000 occupational health and safety compliance officers, most of whom hold jobs in the private sector. Two out of five of these compliance officers are employed by federal, state, or local governments. At the government level, compliance officers enforce employers' compliance with labor and employee-safety laws. They may also police the regulatory laws governing chemical, radiological, or biological hazards. You may find careers with law enforcement agencies that police environmental laws. Some officers use sophisticated equipment to measure and analyze workplace hazards.

Compliance Officer Career Training

Employers require most candidates to hold a bachelor's degree in occupational health, safety, or a related field. Online courses in law enforcement may also contribute in qualifying for careers in the compliance field. Government specialists and technicians typically advance through established career ladders tied to length of duty and performance. Ongoing online training leading toward advanced degrees or certificates in professional compliance programs can assist with raises and advanced job titles. In the private sector, compliance officers can work as consultants to businesses that fall under government compliance regulations or work as self-employed contractors.

Compliance Officer Job Description & Salary

With the current federal and state focus on homeland security and law enforcement, more and more jobs may open for compliance officers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Professionals who are up to date on the latest technologies may find the greatest number of openings. Overall, jobs for compliance officers are expected to grow by 9 percent during the 2006-2016 decade. *The median pay range is from $35,000 to $60,000, with top-end salaries of $93,620.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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