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Health and safety engineers develop procedures and precautions to assure that the workers do not get sick or injured and the property does not become damaged while working on site. They split their time between the office and the work site to supervise the proper use of procedures and safety measures are being taken. Especially on sites using construction equipment, extracting oil and gas, or manufacturing with hazardous materials, health and safety engineers must be around to check conditions. With any changes that occur at the worksite in terms of equipment or worker conditions, health and safety engineers oversee the changes and recommend corrections that can be made to improve the safety and efficiency of the site.


The number of Health & Safety Engineering jobs in the Gulf Coast Region will rise by 19 percent by 2024.

The number of Health & Safety Engineering jobs in the Gulf Coast Region will rise by 18% by 2024


The rise will be seen across the field and across industries!

Health and Safety Engineers are seen across industries in the Gulf Coast Region!


There's little downside with health & safety engineers making upwards of $100,000 annually.

Health & Safety Engineers can make upwards of $100,000 annually


What would it take to be a Health & Safety Engineer?*

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as a health and safety engineer. The numbers below describe the relative important of each knowledge/skill area to the occupation.

         88.2%

Engineering and Technology

Knowledge and interests in practical applications of engineering sciences to apply to the systems, techniques, and procedures in using machinery.

            85.4%

Public Safety and Security

Knowing or knowing where to find relevant policies and procedures to equipment usage per local, state, and national guidelines to protect people, data, and property,

           85%

Problem Solving, Sensitivity, and Comprehension

Identifying problems and reviewing related materials about it to evaluate options and solutions moving forward.

                     75%

Judgement and Decision Making

Evaluating the relative costs and benefits of actions and problems to determine the most appropriate plan of action.

*Source: Texas Career Check


Pathway to Becoming a Health & Safety Engineer

High School Endorsement: STEM

Health and safety engineers must have at least a bachelor's degree in engineering or an industrial hygiene related field. Many programs have cooperative-education to allow students to gain practical experience while finishing off the educational requirements. In other cases, though not required, programs offer accelerated 5-year programs that earn a bachelor's and master's degrees to enter the field at a higher level to design, develop, and implement the safety systems in place immediately.

At entry level positions, licensure is not required to become a health and safety engineer, though applying for a Professional Engineering (PE) license can boost chances of being promoted into a leadership position. A variety of different certifications are available from a variety of organizations to health and safety engineers which are generally needed to advance into a management position. ­  


Useful Tech for a Head Start

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software: Electronic design automation EDA software; Roof support design software 
  • Microsoft Office Suite: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Project

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Related Occupations: Occupational Health and Safety SpecialistsConstruction & Building Inspectors, Fire Inspector

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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