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

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High School Courses

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. 

Education and Training

Professional Organizations

American Board of Industrial Hygiene
6015 West St. Joseph, Suite 102
Lansing, MI, 48917-3980
517/321-2638
www.abih.org

American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
1330 Kemper Meadow Dr.
Cincinnati, OH, 45240
513/742-2020
www.acgih.org

American Industrial Hygiene Association
3141 Fairview Park Dr., Suite 777
Falls Church, VA, 22042
703/849-8888
www.aiha.org

Association of Professional Industrial Hygienists
2288 Gunbarrel Rd. Suite 154/364
Chattanooga, TN, 37421
888/481-3006
www.apih.us

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

 

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

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