What Jobs Can You Get With a Safety Engineering Degree?


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Bachelor's level safety engineering jobs include fire insurance specialist, fire protection engineer and industrial safety consultant, and at the master's degree level, chemical safety officer and fire safety officer. Traditionally safety engineering jobs fall into four categories: occupational health and safety jobs, including designing safe workplaces, inspecting machines and testing air quality; industrial safety jobs, keeping workers and machines safe during manufacturing; product safety, including testing and accident investigation; and failure analysis, identifying and preventing failures in manufacturing and production.

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Safety engineers are also finding jobs in health care and software development, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In health care, safety engineers work to prevent accidents, which represent a high cost to the nation's hospitals. The development of machines and other mechanical devices controlled by software, such as cars and elevators, increasingly requires the application of systems safety engineering to prevent unintended injuries to people and equipment.

Safety engineering jobs posted on the American Society of Safety Engineers' website in October 2015 include the following, each requiring a bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years related work experience: senior loss control manager, employee safety and risk manager, and safety and risk control consultant. Of the 900 positions posted, in addition to a minimum of a bachelor's degree, many also require a master's degree, additional years of experience and professional certifications.

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