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Product Safety Engineers

Also called: Product Safety Manager, Product Safety Engineer, Engineer, Product Safety Consultant

What they do:
Develop and conduct tests to evaluate product safety levels and recommend measures to reduce or eliminate hazards.
On the job, you would:
  • Investigate causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage in order 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

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
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Design Safety Engineering Designsafe
  • Fault tree analysis FTA software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
Development environment software
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • National Instruments LabVIEW

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$78,820
per year, on average
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