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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Exact stage title depends on the career track)
Generally new to the IH pathway, a student or intern is just beginning their first forays into the career.
Early Career Professionals (ECPs) have completed their initial education / training regimes and are generally within the first five years of their career path.
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.
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.