SAFETY ENGINEERS promote worksite or product safety and health by applying knowledge of industrial processes, as well as mechanical, chemical, and psychological principles. They must be able anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazardous conditions as well as develop hazard control methods. They must also be familiar with the application of health and safety regulations. Safety engineers work with management to develop and implement safety programs to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions in business and industry.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $80,500 average per year ($38.75 per hour)
- A small occupation (23,400 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (2.4% per year)
A bachelor's degree in safety engineering, industrial engineering, or related field from an accredited engineering program is usually required for beginning SAFETY ENGINEER jobs. Graduate training is essential for engineering faculty positions. Many engineers obtain graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance promotion opportunities. Some states require that safety engineers be licensed. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals awards the designation Certified Safety Professional (CSP) to candidates who pass a Core Examination and a Specialty Examination.