Product Safety Engineers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • System Safety Engineer
  • Service Loss Control Consultant
  • Safety Consultant
  • Risk Control Product Liability Director
  • Product/Industry Consultant
  • Product Safety Tester
  • Product Safety Test Engineer
  • Product Safety Technician
  • Product Safety Technical Assistant
  • Product Safety Professional
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What They Do

  • Develop industry standards of product safety.
  • Provide expert testimony in litigation cases.
  • Participate in preparation of product usage and precautionary label instructions.
  • Evaluate potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
  • Recommend procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
  • Evaluate product designs for safety.
  • Report accident investigation findings.
  • Conduct research to evaluate safety levels for products.
  • Investigate causes of accidents, injuries, or illnesses related to product usage to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $91,500 with most people making between $56,240 and $132,890

Outlook

0.88%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,250 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,360 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 11 openings due to growth and about 39 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.



Pennsylvania Department of Education