Career Levels

Each stage of an IH professional's career can be defined by an individual's knowledge area, career level, and stage of progression. Knowledge areas, combined with specific tracks, provide an understanding of what each career pathway may look like for an industrial hygienist.


 

Career Tracks

IH Professional

Someone on this track has professional knowledge and expertise in the industrial hygiene field. They may also practice in safety and environmental areas. Can be a generalist or a specialist.

EHS Technician

An Environmental Health and Safety Technician has limited professional training within the industrial hygiene field, but more broad responsibilities within the environmental health and safety arena.

Allied Professional

An Allied Professional is an individual who has an affiliated occupation with interest in specific IH topics, such as occupational doctors and nurses, and toxicologists.


 

Knowledge Areas

Technical

This area involves education and training the IH knowledge areas, such as exposure assessment, environmental and occupational risk assessment, and exposure control program management.

See the sample stages of an IH Professional within the Technical knowledge area.

Leadership

Professionals working within this knowledge area participate on teams through their employer or as a volunteer. In both capacities, they develop skills that lead up to and include managing teams and projects, as well as participate in mentoring programs.

See the sample stages of an IH Professional within the Leadership knowledge area.

Management

This knowledge area includes education and training in skills necesary to advance within the management structure of various IH careers, including communication skills, time management, financial management, and supervision.

See the sample stages of an IH Professional within the Management knowledge area.


Basic Stages

(Exact stage title depends on the career track)

Student/Intern

Generally new to the IH pathway, a student or intern is just beginning their first forays into the career.

Early Career

Early Career Professionals (ECPs) have completed their initial education / training regimes and are generally within the first five years of their career path.

Professional

An IH professional is one who has (or is on their way to) become a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and has spent a few years within the industry. Often, they are in a managerial  position or oversee one or more projects, and are active within the IH community.

Senior Professional

A Senior Professional has moved into a more leadership-oriented role and are considered at the top of the IH pathway. They are considered experts in their field and their actions often have worldwide impact within the industry.

Emeritus Professional

The Emeritus Professional has developed a broad area of professional IH knowledge, skills, and abilities. They devote their time to mentoring (and being mentored by) early career professionals; many often have time to join volunteer endeavors that are of interest to new professionals within the IH sphere. Often retired (but not always), the Emeritus has moved away from management and is more focused on "passing the torch" to other industrial hygienists.