IH Knowledge Area: Leadership

Leadership within the industrial hygiene profession often center around volunteerism and mentoring, as well as identifying and addressing emerging issues and trends. These professionals are often found in the highest levels of volunteer IH organizations such as AIHA and are considered peer experts within the industry.


Students are active members within the AIHA Student Local Section and begin developing their professional network. They are an active (or corresponding) member of AIHA committees, including the SECP Committee, and are often mentored by faculty and IH professionals. 

At this stage, students begin developing and honing their communication, time management, project management, and other professional skills that will serve them in their future workplace. They have an interest in the scope of the profession and start identifying specific areas of interest.

Early Career Professional (ECP)

ECPs are an active, contributing member of a technical committee and their AIHA Local Section. They have a solid core of network contacts and continue building upon it as they leverage their connections into problem solving resources, building a personal community that helps shape their career.

Often, an ECP is mentored by a senior-level IH professional.


An established IH professional within this knowledge area, the individual participates in personal and organizational leadership development. They hold leadership positions within AIHA committees and coordinates and engages in committee projects. They remain active and possibly take a leadership role in their Local Section.

They may also consider pursuing an AIHA leadership role on the national level, as well as continuing to broaden their career scope and influence by maintaining a mentorship with a senior IH professional. Some may also considering being a mentor to a new student or intern who is entering the industrial hygiene field.

Senior Professional

Considered at the peak of their career, the senior IH professional in the leadership knowledge area holds significant volunteer leadership roles and can identify key emerging issues. They often represent AIHA to other organizations and hold mentorship positions with newcomers to the profession.

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.