Brief description of the position:
In the U.S., 1,081 fatalities occurred at road construction sites between the years of 2003-2011. Safety engineers work to reduce this figure. Safety engineers are tasked with keeping people safe from injury or risk in the workplace. They are commonly found on construction sites to ensure that workers remain safe when surrounded with dangerous equipment. Safety engineers are important for roadway and bridge construction to keep workers safe, especially since many of these work zones are surrounded by heavily trafficked roads. They are utilized in the trucking industry to search for factors that affect crashes. Most safety engineers are employed by government agencies or safety organizations. Some may act as consultants for specific projects.
Between $58,000-$68,000, or, $4,800-$5,700/month
Secondary and Postsecondary Education
Safety engineers need to understand the construction process to recognize safety hazards onsite. Safety engineers typically have a bachelor's degree in science or engineering. Some universities offer degrees in safety management or occupational safety and health. Lower level safety technicians may have two-year degrees.