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Industrial Hygienist
Industrial hygienists examine and analyze health hazards and diseases in the work environment to keep employees safe and healthy from potentially hazardous materials or situations.

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Work Activities/Environment
Industrial hygienists usually work in an industrial plant or government organization. They are trained to investigate a work environment for hazardous or potentially hazardous situations. Industrial hygienists collect samples of vapors and other potentially toxic materials while also examining the work environment for proper ventilation, lighting and other factors that may affect an employee’s health. They collaborate with industrial health engineers and occupational physicians. Industrial hygienists are also responsible for preparing analyses and reports and conducting educational meetings.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study mathematics, health and the sciences. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Students must complete a bachelor of science (BS) degree usually in environmental and public health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, chemical, mechanical, or sanitary engineering, or biology from a program approved by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene to receive certification. Industrial hygienists can qualify for two categories of certification – Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Industrial Hygienist in Training (IHIT) – through the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Individuals who are Certified Industrial Hygienists have completed special education, experience, and proven professional ability in the comprehensive practice or chemical practice of industrial hygiene.

Educational Institutions
Alverno College
Beloit College
Cardinal Stritch University
Carroll University
Carthage College
Concordia University
Edgewood College
Fox Valley Technical College
Lakeland College
Lawrence University
Marian University
Marquette University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mount Mary College
Northland College
Ripon College
Silver Lake College
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Superior
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Viterbo University
Wisconsin Lutheran College

Average $62,150

Professional Organizations
American Board of Industrial Hygiene
6015 West St. Joseph, Suite 102
Lansing, MI, 48917-3980

American Industrial Hygiene Association
3141 Fairview Park Dr., Suite 777
Falls Church, VA, 22042

National Environmental Health Association
720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 1000-N
Denver, CO, 80246-1926
866/956-2258 or 303/756-9090

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