Industrial Safety and Health Engineers
SOC: 17-2111.01


Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
25,200 employed

Projected (2024):
26,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Behavioral Health Consultant
  • Chief Security and Safety Officer (CSO)
  • Corporate Health, Safety, and Occupational Toxicology Director
  • Corporate Health, Safety, and Security Manager
  • Environmental Affairs, Safety, and Security Manager
  • Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator (EHS Coordinator)
  • Environmental Health and Safety Director (EHS Director)
  • Environmental Health and Safety Engineer (EHS Engineer)
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist (EHS Specialist)
  • Environmental Health Safety Manager
  • Environmental Health, Safety, and Engineering Manager
  • Environmental Safety Specialist
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Health Safety Manager
  • Health, Safety, and Environment Manager
  • Industrial Health and Safety Professor
  • Industrial Health Engineer
  • Industrial Hygiene and Safety Consultant
  • Industrial Hygiene Manager
  • Industrial Safety and Health Manager
  • Occupational Health and Safety Environment Director
  • Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Consultant
  • Occupational Safety and Health Manager
  • Plant Safety Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Registered Safety Engineer
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • RHIC Systems Safety Engineer (Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider Systems Safety Engineer)
  • Risk Control Director
  • Risk Prevention Engineer
  • Safety and Environmental Health Corporate Director
  • Safety and Environmental Management Professor
  • Safety and Health Consultant
  • Safety and Risk Management Program Director
  • Safety Consultant
  • Safety Engineer
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Professional
  • Safety Specialist
  • Safety, Health, and Environment Vice President
  • Safety, Health, and Environmental Services Director
  • Security Engineer
  • Test Inspection Engineer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.
  • Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.
  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.
  • Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.
  • Conduct or coordinate worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and use of safety equipment.
  • Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy.
  • Interview employers and employees to obtain information about work environments and workplace incidents.
  • Review plans and specifications for construction of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met.
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret statistical data related to occupational illnesses and accidents.
  • Interpret safety regulations for others interested in industrial safety such as safety engineers, labor representatives, and safety inspectors.
  • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.
  • Conduct or direct testing of air quality, noise, temperature, or radiation levels to verify compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Provide technical advice and guidance to organizations on how to handle health-related problems and make needed changes.
  • Confer with medical professionals to assess health risks and to develop ways to manage health issues and concerns.
  • Install safety devices on machinery, or direct device installation.
  • Maintain liaisons with outside organizations such as fire departments, mutual aid societies, and rescue teams, so that emergency responses can be facilitated.
  • Evaluate adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.
  • Write and revise safety regulations and codes.
  • Check floors of plants to ensure that they are strong enough to support heavy machinery.
  • Plan and conduct industrial hygiene research.
  • Design and build safety equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Accelerometers
  • Acoustic calibrators
  • Aerosol sampling devices
  • Anthropometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital dynamometers
  • Digital video recorders
  • Discriminative reaction time apparatus
  • Electrogoniometers
  • Electromyograph processing systems
  • Flicker-fusion meters
  • Force gauges
  • Force platforms
  • Hand dynamometers
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Heat stress monitors
  • High-flow air sampling pumps
  • High-volume asbestos sampling pumps
  • Inclinometers
  • Isokinetic dynamometers
  • Light meters
  • Lumbar motion monitors
  • Magnetic field meters
  • Microbial contaminant measurement devices
  • Motion capture systems
  • Multi-vapor reading instruments
  • Noise dosimeters
  • Noise monitoring equipment
  • Notebook computers
  • Octave band analyzers
  • Particulate measurement devices
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Physiographic recorders
  • Pinch meters
  • Portable oxygen consumption meters
  • Potentiometers
  • Push/pull dynamometers
  • Radio frequency signal analyzers
  • Reaction time simulators
  • Reference frame dynamometers
  • Respiratory flow rate meters
  • Sampling probes
  • Sampling pumps
  • Sorbent dosimeters
  • Sorbent tubes
  • Sound level meters
  • Strain gauges
  • Strength evaluation systems
  • Thermocouple temperature probes
  • Three-dimensional laser scanners
  • Torque gauges
  • Torsion meters
  • Velometers
  • Vibration analyis equipment
  • Volatile organic compound VOC measurement devices
  • Anthropometric databases
  • Availability prediction modeling software
  • Biomechanical imaging software
  • Biomechanical injury risk analysis software
  • Compliance software
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer based training software
  • Electronic design automation EDA software
  • Energy expenditure prediction EEP software
  • Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software
  • Failure modes analysis software
  • Failure reporting analysis and corrective action FRACAS software
  • Fault tree analysis FTA software
  • Fire safety inspection and testing software
  • Geological mapping software
  • Geomechanical stress analysis software
  • Hazard assessment software
  • Hazard communication software
  • Hazardous waste operations and emergency response standard HAZWOPER training software
  • Human modeling software
  • Incident tracking software
  • Industrial job assessment software
  • Inspection management system
  • Isograph Markov
  • Material safety data sheet MSDS software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Multimedia video analysis software
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health LaModel
  • Permit administration software
  • Predictive toxicology software
  • Quantitative analysis software
  • Records management software
  • Reliability analysis software
  • Reliability centered maintenance RCM software
  • Roof support design software
  • Root cause analysis software
  • Safety integrity level SIL software
  • Safety, health, and environmental management software
  • SAP software
  • Static strength prediction software
  • Survey software
  • Vibration analysis software
  • Virtual interaction simulator software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980