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What is a Validation Engineer?

Position Description Design or plan protocols for equipment or processes to produce products meeting internal and external purity, safety, and quality requirements.

Validation Engineer Responsibilities

  • Direct validation activities, such as protocol creation or testing.
  • Assist in training equipment operators or other staff on validation protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Recommend resolution of identified deviations from established product or process standards.
  • Coordinate the implementation or scheduling of validation testing with affected departments and personnel.
  • Resolve testing problems by modifying testing methods or revising test objectives and standards.
  • Validate or characterize sustainable or environmentally friendly products, using electronic testing platforms.

Skills Needed to be a Validation Engineer

Validation Engineers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

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.

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.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Equipment Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Product Quality Engineer
  • System Validation Engineer

Job Outlook for Validation Engineers

There were about 132,500 jobs for Validation Engineer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,500 new jobs for Validation Engineer by 2026. The BLS estimates 9,500 yearly job openings in this field.

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

What is the Average Salary of a Validation Engineer

The salary for Validation Engineers ranges between about $50,750 and $155,650 a year.

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Validation Engineers who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

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

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $115,710
Alaska $114,040
Arizona $94,450
Arkansas $71,510
California $107,700
Colorado $111,610
Connecticut $100,230
District of Columbia $132,530
Florida $82,970
Georgia $93,580
Hawaii $96,940
Idaho $110,270
Illinois $87,220
Indiana $73,340
Iowa $78,230
Kansas $82,060
Kentucky $79,690
Louisiana $90,580
Maine $85,800
Maryland $118,420
Massachusetts $109,220
Michigan $90,420
Minnesota $101,620
Mississippi $79,630
Missouri $86,850
Montana $79,590
Nebraska $82,760
Nevada $94,950
New Hampshire $99,070
New Jersey $114,990
New Mexico $114,790
New York $95,270
North Carolina $83,900
North Dakota $83,270
Ohio $93,370
Oklahoma $83,080
Oregon $90,720
Pennsylvania $96,550
Rhode Island $95,790
South Carolina $100,750
South Dakota $84,320
Tennessee $82,030
Texas $113,370
Utah $89,810
Vermont $81,960
Virginia $118,390
Washington $104,890
West Virginia $91,420
Wisconsin $86,600
Wyoming $97,040

Tools & Technologies Used by Validation Engineers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Validation Engineers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • Node.js
  • MySQL
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • MongoDB
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Linux
  • IBM Notes

Becoming a Validation Engineer

What education is needed to be a Validation Engineer?

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What work experience do I need to become a Validation Engineer?

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Who Employs Validation Engineers?

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

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