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Industrial Hygienist

Overview: Industrial hygienists plan programs and practices to protect employee health, prevent accidents and eliminate hazards in industrial plants. They collect samples of dust, gases, and toxic materials to assess health hazards. They design employee safety training courses.
Duties: Design methods for collecting and analyzing samples of dust and foreign substances in the air or materials to which employees are exposed. Identify substances that can be harmful to employees.

They determine maximum amounts of exposure to harmful substances that workers can safely tolerate. They specify work schedules, work methods, safety devices & clothing needed to protect employees.

They collect accident rate data in work environments to determine causes of accidents. They redesign job equipment or work methods to reduce accident rates.

They design training programs instructing employees in safe work methods and the symptoms and signs of exposure to hazardous substances. Specify first aid treatment needed after exposure.

Degree(s): A.S. Environmental Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of industrial hygienists is expected to faster than average through 2018. More industrial hygienists will be needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment, threats, changing regulations, and increasing public expectations. In private industry, employment growth will reflect overall business growth and continuing self-enforcement of government and company regulations and policies.
Salary Range (National Average): $39,000 to $43,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree with a major in either environmental health engineering or industrial engineering and health sciences is the ideal educational background for this occupation. Courses in ergonomics or human factors engineering, industrial psychology and statistics are essential. Certification by written examination is required in many states.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.