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Industrial Safety & Health Engineers

Also called: Environmental Health and Safety Director (EHS Director), Safety and Health Consultant, Safety Engineer, Safety Manager

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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:
  • Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.
  • Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.
  • Conduct or coordinate worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and use of safety equipment.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
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
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Root cause analysis software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Compliance software
  • Fire safety inspection and testing software
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Anthropometric databases
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
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Salary
$88,510
$51,820
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