University of Wisconsin–Madison

Industrial Hygienist (IH)/Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

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.

Work Activities/Work Locations

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.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 990
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 70,300
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 73,100
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 4%
Expected Annual Openings: 1,690
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $62,789

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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