AIHA's Professional PathwayTM program for industrial hygienists (IH) was created from a desire to align Association resources and development opportunities with the various career stages of the profession. The resulting program encourages and supports the attainment of credentials such as certifications and registrations.
The IH Professional PathwayTM is an ongoing process and involves various committees, groups, and professionals within AIHA. Check back often as we add new resources, information, and other material on the adventurous career pathway of the industrial hygienist!
What Does an Industrial Hygienist Do?
Job diversity is a major benefit to consider when choosing a career in the environmental health and safety arena. Industrial hygienists are not limited to one particular type of industry; they are employed in a variety of organizations such as:
- Public Utilities
- Colleges and universities
- Insurance companies
- Labor unions
- Chemical companies
- Research laboratories
- Consulting firms
- Manufacturing companies
- Hazardous waste companies
Many industrial hygienists work for private corporations or federal or state government agencies as salaried employees. However, the fastest-growing segment of the industrial hygiene profession is self-employment or consulting. Many industrial hygiene careers can lead to upper management positions. The hygienist’s job is a multifaceted one that touches every aspect of an organization and benefits a company’s bottom line through increased productivity, improved morale, and lower workers’ compensation and liability costs. The industrial hygienist acts as an adviser, making recommendations and setting standards to keep the workplace safe. This requires working with employees at all job levels and requires a genuine commitment to caring about people and the environment.