Industrial hygienist are committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community. They investigate and examine the workplace for hazards and potential dangers, make recommendations on improving the safety of workers and the surrounding community. They develop techniques to control or eliminate possible dangerous situations in the workplace and the community. They train and educate the community about job-related risks; advise government officials in the development of regulations to ensure the health and safety of workers and their families; and ensure that workers are properly following health and safety procedures.
Industrial hygienist work for consulting firms, government agencies, private industry, and manufacturing and environmental agencies.
Workplace safety is a growing concern for employers and employees. Complex automated machinery and stricter government guidelines will increase the need for industrial hygenists. The need for this career will increase in the future.
According to the BLS, overall employment of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 9,600 openings for occupational health and safety specialists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Industrial hygienist generally have a college degree in one of the sciences or engineering. Most have graduate degrees in occupational safety and health, environmental health engineering, physical or natural science, or environmental health sciences.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
American Board of Industrial Hygiene
6015 West St Joseph, Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48917
American Industrial Hygiene Association
3141 Fairview Park Dr, Suite 777
Falls Church, VA 22042