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Health and Safety Engineer

Career Overview

Health and safety engineers work at improving worksite conditions by inspecting industrial equipment and production lines and by assessing the relative safety and health aspects of the job site for workers. They look for potential fire hazards, chemical or toxic material exposure, worn mechanical parts on a production line, and other areas of the worksite where there may be potential danger. Some work in the product development field, advising manufacturers on potential risks or dangers associated with a new product design.

Education

A bachelor's degree in engineering is usually necessary for work in this field. Many mechanical engineers or professionals trained in other engineering specialties gravitate to working in health and safety, where a little of every engineering specialty must be applied.

Employment

According to the U.S. Department of Labor there were about 25,000 health and safety engineers working in 2006. Many of them work for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or its state equivalant.

Job Outlook

Job growth in this engineering sector is expected to grow at about the same pace as the projected average growth of jobs overall. New industrial processing technologies will maintain the need for people working in the health and safety engineering profession.

Salary

Lowest 10% $43,540

Median $72,490

Highest 10% $106,220

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