This study investigates the relationship between professional interest and positive future expectation, as well as the prediction of professional interest on positive future expectation through the questionnaire administered to a sample group of 188 participants, who are students and graduates, all of whom will be occupational safety specialist with significant responsibilities and duties, and who will have to work under intense challenging and exhausting work pressure. The questionnaire consists of three sections: the first section consists of questions about demographic characteristics, the second section includes “Professional Interest Scale” developed by Kaysi (2021), which consists of 19 items and 4 dimensions, and last section includes “Positive Future Expectation Scale” developed by İmamoğlu & Edwards (2007), which consists of 5 items and one dimension. In the statistical analyses performed using the SPSS 25.0 statistical package program, Pearson Correlation coefficients were computed to examine the associations between the professional interest and the positive future expectations scores. The predictive power of professional interest components on positive future expectation was determined using multiple linear regression analysis. Analysis results show that positive future expectation scores increased as the total scores of the professional interest scale increased. Future expectations are positively predicted by occupational readiness, awareness of one’s choice of profession, and suggesting one’s profession to others.
Occupational health and safety, occupational safety specialist, psychology of working, professional interest, positive future expectation