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17-2111.03 - Product Safety Engineers

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

Sample of reported job titles: Engineer, Extra Vehicular Activity Safety Engineer (EVA Engineer), Product Safety Consultant, Product Safety Coordinator, Product Safety Engineer, Product Safety Manager, System Safety Engineer

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Ageing ovens — Accelerated ageing testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Rise of resistance measurement systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters; Oxygen bomb calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectroscopy gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators — Optical comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Digital force gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Corrosion testers — Electrolytic corrosion testing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical or power regulators — Rheostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexure or transverse testing machines — Cold bend testers; Flex testing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Force or torque sensors — Force transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Friction apparatus — Slipmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Flame hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat stress monitors — Glow wire testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hipot testers — High-pot testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Instrument transformers — Isolation transformers; Variable transformers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory enclosure accessories — Dust chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory sprayers — Oscillating spray testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser measuring systems — Repose angle measuring devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Line leakage testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Switch testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen index apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Ball pressure testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pycnometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiation detectors — Ion chamber survey meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shock testing apparatus — Bump testers; Electric iron drop test machines; Impact test balls; Pendulum impact apparatus (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Sound level meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature and humidity walk in environmental chamber — Humidity test chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature gauge — Temperature gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Socket outlet test machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal differential analyzers — Dynamic mechanical analyzers DMA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermogravimetric analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torsion testers — Cord anchorage pull machines; Cord anchorage test devices; Socket outlet torque balance testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Direct current stability testing devices; Surge testing devices; Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wattmeters — Digital wattmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wear testers — Tribometers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Design Safety Engineering Designsafe; Fault tree analysis FTA software; Isograph FaultTree; ReliaSoft XFMEA (see all 12 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Compliance software — Product safety documentation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Mathsoft Mathcad See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Reliability information software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++ See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Linux See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on health and safety issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research product safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare procedural documents. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Telephone — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 52% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 52% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 52% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 62% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 45% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 41% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 45% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 66% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 55% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 45% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 29% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 34% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
79   Bachelor's degree
10   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help
10   Master's degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRC

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors.
Employment data collected from Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors.
Industry data collected from Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors.

Median wages (2014) $39.34 hourly, $81,830 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 24,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 9,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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