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All About Product Safety Engineers

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

What Do Product Safety Engineers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Recommend procedures for detection, prevention, and elimination of physical, chemical, or other product hazards.
  • Develop industry standards of product safety.
  • Conduct research to evaluate safety levels for products.
  • Evaluate potential health hazards or damage that could occur from product misuse.
  • Provide expert testimony in litigation cases.
  • Evaluate product designs for safety.

Things a Product Safety Engineer Should Know How to Do

When polled, Product Safety Engineers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

  • Extra Vehicular Activity Safety Engineer (EVA Engineer)
  • Product Safety Technician
  • Product Safety Officer
  • Product Safety Expert
  • Product Safety Manager

Are There Job Opportunities for Product Safety Engineers?

In the United States, there were 25,900 jobs for Product Safety Engineer in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 2,200 new jobs for Product Safety Engineer by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,900 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Product Safety Engineer are North Dakota, Utah, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Wyoming, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Product Safety Engineer

The typical yearly salary for Product Safety Engineers is somewhere between $53,170 and $142,970.

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Product Safety Engineers who work in District of Columbia, New Mexico, or Delaware, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Product Safety Engineers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $97,260
Alaska $83,460
Arizona $74,580
Arkansas $78,030
California $107,290
Colorado $103,940
Connecticut $99,350
Delaware $107,040
District of Columbia $118,890
Florida $80,170
Georgia $78,780
Hawaii $82,190
Idaho $95,430
Illinois $88,320
Indiana $88,220
Iowa $75,400
Kansas $86,210
Kentucky $85,560
Louisiana $89,190
Maine $79,700
Maryland $96,670
Massachusetts $99,090
Michigan $88,980
Minnesota $93,150
Mississippi $67,720
Missouri $92,890
Montana $76,080
Nebraska $85,490
Nevada $102,030
New Hampshire $87,960
New Jersey $106,080
New Mexico $116,350
New York $95,530
North Carolina $78,570
North Dakota $73,820
Ohio $92,710
Oklahoma $94,550
Oregon $86,700
Pennsylvania $107,950
Rhode Island $84,120
South Carolina $80,980
South Dakota $70,120
Tennessee $83,960
Texas $104,580
Utah $80,070
Vermont $83,770
Virginia $96,810
Washington $99,180
West Virginia $78,490
Wisconsin $67,360

Tools & Technologies Used by Product Safety Engineers

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Product Safety Engineers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Presentation software
  • Eclipse IDE
  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software
  • C++
  • Fault tree analysis FTA software
  • Reliability analysis software

How to Become a Product Safety Engineer

Are there Product Safety Engineers education requirements?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Product Safety Engineers?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Product Safety Engineers employed by various industries.

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