Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

General Information

Description

Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Nonresidential Building Construction

Job Outlook

Employment of health and safety engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Health and safety engineers are employed mainly in construction, manufacturing, state and local government, and engineering and consulting firms. As buildings, products, and processes continue to become more complex and new regulations are created, these engineers will be needed to reduce costs, save lives, and produce safe consumer products.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$89,130

Military salary*

$103,079

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State-by-state Salary

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$109,840
$42,840
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 54%
  • Some college 9%
  • Master's degree 9%
  • Associate's degree 9%
  • Post-secondary certificate 9%
  • High school 6%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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