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Health and Safety Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Health and Safety Engineer develops workplace processes and procedures that help prevent people from getting injured or sick on the job, and also prevent property from being damaged. Works in industrial and manufacturing settings. Evaluates systems for health risks and designs solutions to minimize risks.

Job Outlook

There were 242 Health and Safety Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8353 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Health and Safety Engineer industry, which includes the Health and Safety Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Health and Safety Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $92,241.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $92,272.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Health and Safety Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $81,714.

Education and Experience

Posted Health and Safety Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3.8%
Bachelor's Degree78.74%
Master's Degree24.27%
Doctoral Degree3.52%
Other5.28%

Posted Health and Safety Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years19.4%
3 to 5 years49.35%
6 to 8 years15.2%
9+ years16.05%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Health and Safety Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (35.99%)
  • Communication (35.88%)
  • Operations (26.67%)
  • Leadership (23.56%)
  • Investigation (21.66%)
  • Problem Solving (17.02%)
  • Microsoft Office (16.19%)
  • Coordinating (14.9%)
  • Planning (14.05%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (13.67%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Fire Protection (35.96%)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (23.69%)
  • NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Codes (23.17%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (38.15%)
  • Fire Protection Engineering (21.19%)
  • Risk Analysis (19.13%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Occupational Safety And Health (17.15%)
  • Safety Engineering (8.05%)
  • Autodesk Revit (11.92%)
  • Construction (14.71%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (15.56%)
  • Project Management (20.23%)
  • Regulatory Compliance (8.22%)
  • Failure Mode And Effects Analysis (3.64%)
  • AutoCAD (12.59%)
  • Functional Safety (7.07%)
  • Systems Engineering (5.29%)
  • Hazard Analysis (9.8%)
  • Fire Alarm Systems (15%)
  • Fire And Life Safety (6.13%)
  • Occupational Hygiene (13%)
  • Auditing (23.66%)
  • Fire Suppression Systems (8.89%)
  • Fire Protection Systems (16.15%)
  • Hazard And Operability Study (2.42%)
  • Chemical Engineering (8.59%)
  • Safety Standards (9.83%)
  • Risk Management (7.05%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Fire Protection Engineering (55.51%)
  • Risk Analysis (50.12%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Health and Safety Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Engineer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Manager
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Functional Safety Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • System Safety Engineer
  • Product Safety Engineer
  • HSE Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Health and Safety Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Jacobs Engineering Group (202)
  • Honeywell International (135)
  • Black & Veatch (127)
  • WSP Global (126)
  • Actalent (88)
  • Boeing (88)
  • Intel (87)
  • Northrop Grumman (82)
  • System One (79)
  • Lockheed Martin (70)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (14)
  • Wolfspeed (11)
  • Advance Auto Parts (9)
  • Clark Nexsen (8)
  • Novo Nordisk (7)
  • Actalent (6)
  • WSP Global (5)
  • Toyota Motors (4)
  • Liquidia Technologies (4)
  • Honeywell International (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!