Starting a new profession could be a difficult task in all fields of endeavours; The HSE professions not exempted. Young HSE professionals are faced with a lot of unanswered questions about the HSE profession. This question needs an apt and timely answer if they are to make it in the profession; and also get to the peak of the profession.

The article: Questions most young HSE professionals ask aims to give light to gray areas about the HSE profession and also help where necessary with questions not captured in this article.

Are a young HSE professional, are you a prospective HSE professional or you are an experienced professional but have questions to ask, this is your opportunity, and make use of it wisely. I will try to be direct in answering your questions. No much stories, but straight to the point answers.


If at the end of this article your questions are not captured, or you still need more explanation about any subject of interest, do not hesitate to drop a comment containing your question(s). We in HSEwatch will do our best to respond to every question.


Let us now consider the frequently asked questions by young HSE profession.


  1. What is the meaning of HSE and what is it all about?

 HSE is an acronym for Health Safety and Environment. In its professional form is means Health Safety and Environmental Management.

So HSE is a management science which takes into consideration the Health of workers in diverse occupational sector, their safety and also the protection and maintenance of the environment. HSE is a very broad discipline which cut across a lot of professional areas including but not limited to Law, Psychology, Medicine, Engineering, Environmental science, etc.

Read up What is HSE for more insight into the HSE profession.


  1. Where can I work a HSE professional?

 With HSE, where to work is not your challenge. As we said in the first question, HSE is a very broad discipline which cut across a lot of professional areas. So where you work depends on your area of interest. There are a wide range of sectors you can work in, they include: oil and Gas, Construction companies, Power/Energy, Manufacturing, Mining, Agricultural sector, Educational sector like high schools and higher institutions, Textile industries, ICT. With a good level of professionalism you can decide to be a private consultant, etc.


  1. What is the average pay of a HSE professional?

 The HSE profession is a dynamic profession where you grow gradually as you acquire more experience and certifications. The starting point of most HSE professional is the “HSE Oficer” level; though some companies do employ HSE assistant. Some organization uses other terms like, HSE advisor, HSE coordinator, Safety Officer, etc, but the specification will tell what is expected of you.

The salary range of the HSE officer is between N800,000–1.5M annually, the dollar equivalent is between $3000-5000 annually. The salary structure is sector dependent. The ICT, Energy with the oil and Gas sector is considered as the highest paying sectors followed by others.

With constant professional development, you can earn more; even far beyond your expectation.

  1. What is the minimum requirement to be a HSE professional?

 There is no specification to what academic level you must attain before you could be a HSE professional; though you must be able to read and write, and also have a good communication skill. Having a good academic background will only be an added advantage as most employers will prefer to go for a candidate with a good academic background.

What matters most in the HSE profession is having the basic skill to read, write and communicate, the next thing that will be invaluable to you will be your inner drive and passion to succeed.


  1. Where can I enroll for HSE training?

 There are lots of HSE course providers around, though not all are doing great in the training. On this you need to be very cautious on where you put your money. I have given out the list of HSE course providers on my previous article (Where to enroll for HSE training in Nigeria and Overseas). If your location is not captured, drop a comment on your location. We will direct you to where you can get the best training.


  1. Which HSE training should I enroll for first?

 Start from the Fundamentals. The fundamental HSE training are the HSE level 1,2,3 and sometimes advanced HSE. These are the first step courses that will put you in a pole position for a better professional burst.


  1. What is the cost of enrolling for HSE training?

 The cost for enrolling for any HSE training depend on the specific training you have in mind. Different HSE training has different outline, duration and cost. Check the cost of HSE training in one of my previous articles. (The cost of HSE training). If you have questions, ask in the comment box; make sure you check back for the response.

  1. Why can’t I just enroll for NEBOSH IGC directly?

 NEBOSH IGC has grown to be very popular and it is a certificate every HSE professional must have. But personally, the possibility of a beginner without fundamental knowledge of HSE passing NEBOSH IGC  is very negligible. So I do advice young HSE professionals, do not jump the steps. Follow it one step at a time; this is the only way you can build a very strong professional platform for yourself. Get your fundamental HSE training first before you enroll for the NEBOSH IGC exams.


  1. Why do people fail NEBOSH exams?

 People fail NEBOSH exams for a very simple reason. The reason is lack of adequate information. People do say “Information is power” but not any information. In my view, correct and timely information is power. If you do not want to join the band wagon of people who fail the NEBOSH exams, this article is for you. 7 reasons why people fail NEBOSH.


  1. How do I pass NEBOSH?

 After knowing the reasons why people fail NEBOSH exams, the next question that every sensible human being will ask is “How do I pass”? The same way failure is easy, to pass is also easy. Just simple tips can make a difference. Read up 20 amazing tips to pass NEBOSH exams

By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

2 thoughts on “10 Questions most young HSE professionals ask – See answers now”
  1. Hello Ubong, I appreciate your good works and effort you have put in by promoting HSE. I am a new entrant in the HSE and presently I am seeking for opportunities where I can start gaining experience and expanding my knowledge in this field.

    Recently, there have been lots of opening for HSEs’ but experience has been a requirement for such openings. As an entrant, what would you advice I do in order to gain experience?

    Thank you.

    1. Talk with senior colleagues in the profession requesting to learn under them, they will be happy to help if their organization allows for such. Also, opportunities do come up for freshers. Just stay in touch.

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