Summary Report for:
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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- Investigate causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.
- Evaluate potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
- Participate in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions.
- Recommend procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
- Report accident investigation findings.
- Conduct research to evaluate safety levels for products.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Ageing ovens — Accelerated ageing testers
- Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Rise of resistance measurement systems
- Calipers — Digital calipers
- Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters; Oxygen bomb calorimeters
- Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectroscopy gas analyzers
- Comparators — Optical comparators
- Compression testers — Digital force gauges
- Corrosion testers — Electrolytic corrosion testing equipment
- Desktop computers
- Electrical or power regulators — Rheostats
- Feeler gauges
- Flexure or transverse testing machines — Cold bend testers; Flex testing machines
- Force or torque sensors — Force transducers
- Friction apparatus — Slipmeters
- Fume hoods or cupboards — Flame hoods
- Heat stress monitors — Glow wire testers
- Hipot testers — High-pot testers
- Impact hammers
- Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
- Instrument transformers — Isolation transformers; Variable transformers
- Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers
- Laboratory enclosure accessories — Dust chambers
- Laboratory sprayers — Oscillating spray testers
- Laser measuring systems — Repose angle measuring devices
- Leak testing equipment — Line leakage testers
- Micrometers — Digital micrometers
- Multimeters — Switch testing devices
- Notebook computers
- Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen index apparatus
- Pressure indicators — Ball pressure testers
- Radiation detectors — Ion chamber survey meters
- Shock testing apparatus — Bump testers; Electric iron drop test machines; Impact test balls; Pendulum impact apparatus (see all 5 examples)
- Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Sound level meters
- Temperature and humidity walk in environmental chamber — Humidity test chambers
- Temperature gauge — Temperature gauges
- Tension testers — Socket outlet test machines
- Thermal differential analyzers — Dynamic mechanical analyzers DMA
- Thermo gravimetry analyzers — Thermogravimetric analyzers
- Torsion testers — Cord anchorage pull machines; Cord anchorage test devices; Socket outlet torque balance testers
- Vibration testers
- Voltage or current meters — Direct current stability testing devices; Surge testing devices; Voltmeters
- Wattmeters — Digital wattmeters
- Wear testers — Tribometers
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)
- Compliance software — Product safety documentation software
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Mathsoft Mathcad
- Data base user interface and query software — Reliability information software
- Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Linux
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project management software — Microsoft Project
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- 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.
- Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- 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.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- 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.
- 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.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- 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.
- Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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).
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- 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.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- 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.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- 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.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Detailed Work Activities
- Advise others on health and safety issues.
- Research product safety.
- Maintain operational records or records systems.
- Prepare procedural documents.
- Telephone — 90% responded “Every day.”
- Electronic Mail — 86% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 52% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 52% responded “Extremely important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 52% responded “Some freedom.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 62% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Contact With Others — 45% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 41% responded “Important results.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 45% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 66% responded “More than half the time.”
- Letters and Memos — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 36% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 55% responded “Very important.”
- Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Extremely important.”
- Time Pressure — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Physical Proximity — 45% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
- Consequence of Error — 29% responded “Very serious.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 34% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- 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.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- 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.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- 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.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
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|
|Employment (2012)||24,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Average (8% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||9,700|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Health and Safety Engineers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.