Product Safety Engineers

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About the Job

Develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.

It is also Called

  • Engineer
  • Extra Vehicular Activity Safety Engineer (EVA Engineer)
  • Product Safety Consultant
  • Product Safety Coordinator
  • Product Safety Engineer
  • Product Safety Manager
  • Product Safety Test Engineer
  • Product Safety Tester
  • System Safety Engineer

What They Do

  • Conduct research to evaluate safety levels for products.
  • Report accident investigation findings.
  • Recommend procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
  • Participate in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions.
  • Evaluate potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
  • Investigate causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage in order to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $81,320 with most people making between $45,720 and $120,830

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 23,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 26,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 8,000 replacement openings for approximately 8,000 total annual openings.