Safety Engineer Career


Career Description:

The job of a safety engineer is to ensure and provide acceptable levels of safety for engineered systems to protect human resources and property from harm. Thereby he needs to have fundamental knowledge of a variety of disciplines related to not just science and industrial processes but also business, psychology and communication. They are required to anticipate and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices and then implement and measure the hazard control programs that they devise. Oddly enough, for safety engineers, personality issues are preponderant. Since they can often be messengers of bad news, they need to have a pleasant and likable disposition.

How to become a Safety Engineer:

To become a safety engineer one needs to have a master’s degree in engineering, occupational safety and safety or health management. Since safety engineers work in a variety of industries, additional training programs are offered by companies for potential safety engineers. At such, prospective safety engineers get an opportunity to fully realize the hazard and difficulties their company might face.

OSHA or the Occupational Safety and Health Association, a federal government agency is responsible for governing safety at the workplace. It is required by most employers for safety engineers to become certified with the OSHA.

Safety Engineer career courses, training, programs:

Besides having the requisite degree in occupational health and safety, safety science engineering and/or a related discipline, one should have four years of substantial work experience before seeking licensure. Only licensed engineers are considered professionals. For that one needs to take the state licensing test.

Safety Engineering career schools/colleges, education:

The complexities that are faced by safety professionals today require knowledge and expertise beyond the high school diploma. The days are long gone when some from within the organization could be given safety and health responsibilities without a college or university degree.

Today, more than 125 colleges and universities offer degrees in safety management, environmental protection, occupational safety and related fields. 

Top 4 colleges/universities:

Oklahoma State University

University of Washington

University of Michigan

Texas A&M University

Safety Engineer job opportunities, salaries/pay:

Job opportunities are plenty keeping in account their requirement in a large number of diverse industries. Salaries vary by experience as well as location and employer. They range between $45,000 and $100,000 roughly. Those working for the Federal Government are the highest paid in the business.

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