Don't limit yourself.

A degree is not an absolute measure of competency.

What you should be asking is ‘do I have the necessary skill set to be employable?’

Basically, you should have the following skills to be considered a Competent Safety Professional:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Data analytics
  • Ability to understand technical concepts
  • Information systems proficiency (using a PC and other ICT devices to process, store and disseminate information)
  • People skills (ability to understand diverse human behaviour and influence change)
  • Organizational skills (able to plan for emergencies and remain calm under pressure)
  • Financial literacy (budgeting and resource optimization).

With these, you can polish your resume and start hunting.

But, if your primary interest is not in safety as a profession, it is not worth it. Safety is a practice that thrives on passion of the practitioner.

In that case, I suggest you find your passion, then sharpen your skills in that field. It would be easier for you to get a job in an area you are passionate about, be it design, sculpture, construction, computers, etc.

A degree is great, it gives you an advantage to get into any industry at mid-management level, putting you on a faster track to career progression within a shorter time than when you start from the shop floor.

Hope this helps.