The opportunities for employment in this dynamic profession typically exceed the number of interns as well as graduates in any given semester,and it's no secret that M.S. in Risk Control graduates are offered excellent jobs. Employment opportunities exist nationwide in broad areas of industry including general manufacturing, construction, paper and wood products, food processing, metal fabrication, health care, insurance, transportation, utilities and government. The starting salary for entry level positions typically ranges from $45,000 to $62,000, with aggressive advancement opportunities in pay and promotion being the norm. Active student involvement in professional organizations such as the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Construction Safety Council, the Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association also enhances our graduates' employability.

Internship Experiences

Tyler Kostiuk, Cranbrook, B.C., CanadaTyler Kostiuk
Cranbrook, B.C., Canada

"My risk control-based internship with Mortenson Construction allowed me to gain practical wind turbine building experience and apply classroom knowledge on the job-site."

Trent Noecker, Mounds View, MNTrent Noecker
Mounds View, Minn.

"During my internship at an Excel Energy nuclear generating plant, I routinely applied fundamental risk control techniques to an organization that is ahead of the curve when it comes to being proactive as well as sharing information wit the rest of the power generation industry."


Graduates at Work

Kevin KelleyKevin Kelley
Regional Safety Manager
Sears Holdings
Chicago, Illinois

"The educational and professional development-based guidance I received from UW-Stout's Risk Control Program involved top-notch classroom and lab experiences and a practical real world internship, making myself, and others extremely marketable in the risk control profession. As the Regional Safety Manager for Sears Holdings, the various technical and managerial skills fostered in my education assist me daily. I highly recommend this program to anyone!"


Connie SmithConnie Smith
Safety and Compliance Officer
St.Francis Rein Medical Center
Shakopee, Minnesota

"The skills I learned in regulatory compliance, policy writing, industrial hygiene, employee injury prevention, risk management, and research are used every day. I can influence improvement and results at all levels of organization making my work challenging and dynamic."

Michael SorensenMichael Sorensen
Safety and Risk Officer, City of Hillsboro
Hillsboro, Oregon

"I work with city departments to create proactive solutions to empower and protect employees from occupational hazards. I apply many aspects of the program to my daily work ranging from OSHA compliance, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and various risk/loss control techniques to reduce liability and mitigate workplace hazards. I highly recommend this program for those that are interested in providing leadership and advocating for employee health and safety in an occupational setting. Although challenging at times, this profession is fun, rewarding, and respected by those you provide services to."

Mary AderintoMary Aderinto
Health Safety and Environmental Supervisor
Quaker Oats
Danville, Illinois

"My experience working with PepsiCo a world class organization has been challenging and rewarding. As the Health Safety and Environmental Supervisor for my department, I manage PepsiCo's risk based health safety and environmental programs (electrical safety, machine safety, ergonomics and the like) to ensure the safety of all employees. I also mentor fellow associates that are working in my department and evaluate key performance metrics (OSHA Incident Rates and Loss Time Cases Incident Rates) against regulatory requirements.

UW-Stout's Risk Control program is an excellent program with practical real life experiences. I utilize all aspects of the program (Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, OSHA Compliance, Emergency Preparedness and Loss Prevention techniques, and the like) in my daily job activities. I definitely recommend the program to individuals who are looking to have a functional and interactive risk management career in today's global world.


Troy BertagnoliTroy Bertagnoli, CHST

Safety Director, Northland Constructors
Duluth, Minn.

"The diversity of the program provides graduates with a unique level of versatility to excel in many different industries and aspects of risk control. Every day presents new and unique challenges to a risk control professional and the rapid analysis and response to critical risk-based situations demands extensive leadership and technical skills.  There is no doubt that risk control is a very challenging profession, but it can also be highly rewarding."