There is a national shortage of professionals with a safety degree, and according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the number of Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) professionals that employers expect to hire over the next five years is substantially higher than the number to be produced from OS&H training programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 11-14 percent increase in the need for safety professionals by 2018. In addition, the National Safety Council’s most recent survey states that 83 percent of safety professionals are over the age of 40.
Illinois State University’s Safety Program within the Department of Health Sciences is uniquely positioned to fill the needs of employers now and in the future. With a near 100 percent job-placement rate shortly after graduation and an adjusted average starting salary of $63,500 per year, the safety program is one of the most attractive majors in the university.
At the same time, the state of Illinois is going through unprecedented fiscal challenges. Financial support to help grow the program, increase awareness, provide student and faculty support, or even to purchase new equipment is not an option from the state. In an effort to help support the program, key alumni and friends have created the following opportunity to help the safety industry with the current manpower shortage.
The safety program looks forward to working with our Industry Partners to promote excellence and support the advancement of the safety profession. We offer different levels of collaboration designed to accommodate your corporate needs and interests – primary among them is the opportunity to present your corporation to the students in the safety program. This is best accomplished as part of the Safety in Residence (SIR) Program.
The Safety in Residence Program is an opportunity for our Industry Partners to give corporate presentations and interact with our students in both formal and informal settings. It is a one-day program that is ideally partnered with a career or internship fair on campus. The program includes the following:
You’ll be provided with space and facilities throughout the day in Felmley Hall to visit with students and hand out corporate materials. The afternoon presentation will be co-hosted by the student section of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Your visit will be promoted throughout the department, the website, and social media.
Partnership opportunities at the selected funding level will be acknowledged on our donor wall, department website, visual displays, and in program-related promotional materials or annual reports. Industry Partners benefit from increased access to students and higher visibility on campus. Specific program enrollment opportunities include all of the following at each level:
$20,000 annually for five years/limited opportunities ($19,350 is tax deductible)
Industry Partners to give corporate presentations and interact with our students in both formal and informal settings. It is a one-day program that is ideally partnered with a career or internship fair on campus. The program includes the following:
$15,000 annually for five years ($14,600 is tax deductible)
$10,000 annually for five years
$5,000 annually for five years
$1,000 annually for five years
Less than $1,000 annually