Product Safety Engineers
SOC: 17-2111.03

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
25,200 employed

Projected (2024):
26,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Chemical Detection Expert
  • Engineer
  • Extra Vehicular Activity Safety Engineer (EVA Engineer)
  • Increment Manager
  • Leak Detection Engineer
  • Product Inspection Coordinator
  • Product Safety Administrator
  • Product Safety Associate
  • Product Safety Compliance Leader
  • Product Safety Consultant
  • Product Safety Coordinator
  • Product Safety Engineer
  • Product Safety Expert
  • Product Safety Head
  • Product Safety Lead
  • Product Safety Manager
  • Product Safety Professional
  • Product Safety Technical Assistant
  • Product Safety Technician
  • Product Safety Test Engineer
  • Product Safety Tester
  • Product/Industry Consultant
  • Safety Consultant
  • System Safety Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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:

  • Accelerated ageing testers
  • Ball pressure testers
  • Bump testers
  • Cold bend testers
  • Cord anchorage pull machines
  • Cord anchorage test devices
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential scanning calorimeters
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital force gauges
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital wattmeters
  • Direct current stability testing devices
  • Dust chambers
  • Dynamic mechanical analyzers DMA
  • Electric iron drop test machines
  • Electrolytic corrosion testing equipment
  • Feeler gauges
  • Flame hoods
  • Flex testing machines
  • Force transducers
  • Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
  • Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectroscopy gas analyzers
  • Glow wire testers
  • High-pot testers
  • Humidity test chambers
  • Impact hammers
  • Impact test balls
  • Insulation resistance testers
  • Ion chamber survey meters
  • Isolation transformers
  • Line leakage testers
  • Multimeters
  • Notebook computers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Optical comparators
  • Oscillating spray testers
  • Oxygen bomb calorimeters
  • Oxygen index apparatus
  • Pendulum impact apparatus
  • Pycnometers
  • Repose angle measuring devices
  • Rheostats
  • Rise of resistance measurement systems
  • Slipmeters
  • Socket outlet test machines
  • Socket outlet torque balance testers
  • Sound level meters
  • Surge testing devices
  • Switch testing devices
  • Temperature gauges
  • Thermogravimetric analyzers
  • Tribometers
  • Tumbling barrel test machines
  • Variable transformers
  • Vibration testers
  • Voltmeters
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C++
  • Compliance software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Design Safety Engineering Designsafe
  • Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software
  • Failure mode effects and criticality analysis FMECA software
  • Fault tree analysis FTA software
  • Functional hazard analysis software
  • Isograph FaultTree
  • Isograph Markov
  • Linux
  • Maintainability prediction software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Presentation software
  • Product safety documentation software
  • Quantitative analysis software
  • Reliability analysis software
  • Reliability information software
  • ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6
  • ReliaSoft XFMEA
  • SAP software


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980