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Industrial Safety & Health Engineers

Also called: Chief Security and Safety Officer (CSO); Corporate Health, Safety, and Occupational Toxicology Director; Safety and Health Consultant; Safety, Health, and Environment Vice President

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: Bioenvironmental Engineering; In-Flight Refueling; RL - Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer - Aviation Maintenance; Safety

What they do:
Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
  • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.
  • Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Math and Science
  • chemistry


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • Root cause analysis software
Compliance software
  • Fire safety inspection and testing software
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Anthropometric databases
  • Incident tracking software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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