Constant training along the management path develops abilities to advise other professionals on leadership and innovation, as well as assisting multiple facilities, through influential and impactful strategic planning both within and outside their organization.


At this beginning stage, the student/intern recognizes the fundamentals of industrial hygiene and forms a perspective on the scope of the profession. The student also begins to identify specific areas of interest that appeal to them. They apply skill building in projects to lead, develop, and present. Student/interns should be active members in an AIHA Student Local Section and look to hone their communications skills. Time management, project management, and other professional skills are introduced and built upon so they can easily translate to a future workplace.

Early Career Professional

The early career professional (ECP), also referred to as young professionals, continues to master the core competencies learned from the previous student/intern stage, often applying their new knowledge and skills in the workplace. They will manage interns, paraprofessionals, or technicians. These new professionals are active, contributing members of a technical committee and an AIHA Local Section. They will continue to gain proficiency in workforce communications, including presentations, public speaking, and technical writing. ECPs provide recommendations for IH instrumentation purchases and inform budgeting for sampling and instruments.


IH/OEHS professionals manage other professionals and junior staff. They develop budgets and analyze cost-benefits of good IH practices. They often aid in recruiting for their workplace and mentor new and junior IHs. These professionals often share ideas and expertise within and outside the organization, impacting program areas, facilities, or business functions. They lead teams and demonstrate a strategic influence and leadership on technical and policy issues within their organization and professional network.

Senior Professional

IH senior professionals manage a large number of varied professionals, both directly and through subordinates. These senior professionals also advise multiple facilities, management teams, and cross-functional teams. Significant experience in organizational leadership, business management, and adjacent fields makes them in high demand for positions of national and global importance within their field. At this stage, senior professionals also advise others on leadership, innovative thinking, and influence within and outside their organization, for broader impact.

Emeritus Professional

The emeritus professional may (or may not) be retired and is focused on passing the torch with regards to their accumulated knowledge and experience. They spend extra time volunteering and mentoring new and early career professionals.