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Health and Safety Engineers

Health and Safety Engineers
Quick Facts : Health and Safety Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$75,430
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201223,700
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change3,100

Health and safety engineers develop procedures and design systems to keep people from getting sick or injured and to keep property from being damaged. They combine their knowledge of health or safety and of systems engineering to make sure that chemicals, machinery, software, furniture, and other products are not going to cause harm to people or buildings.

What Health and Safety Engineers Do

  • Review plans and specifications for new machinery or equipment to make sure it meets safety requirements
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various industrial control mechanisms
  • Install safety devices on machinery or direct the installation of these devices
  • Review employee safety programs and recommend improvements
  • Maintain and apply their knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes

Work Environment

Health and safety engineers typically work in offices. However, they also must spend time at worksites when necessary, which sometimes requires travel.
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Job Outlook

Employment of health and safety engineers is expected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020 since health and safety engineers have long been employed in manufacturing industries to cut costs, save lives, and produce safe consumer products.
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The average salary of health and safety engineers was $75,430 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Health and Safety Engineers

Entry-level jobs as a health and safety engineer require a bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degree programs typically are 4-year programs and include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in applied engineering.
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