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Industrial Health Engineer

Overview: Industrial health engineers are responsible for preventing occupational diseases and hazards to workers and residents of an area. They conduct studies to determine safe limits of exposure to conditions such as vapors and radiation. They also specify clothing types and exposure time limits.
Duties: They conduct research and studies on environmental work conditions to determine their effects on employees' health.

Identify methods to protect workers from injurious vapors, dusts, radiation and noises. Design special clothing and protective devices.

Determine what kinds of filters, scrubbers or changes in manufacturing processes are needed to protect community residents from harmful by-products.

Identify maximum exposures employees can tolerate to toxic materials. Prescribe work schedules that will meet safety criteria.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of industrial health engineers is expected to grow about as fast as the average through 2018. Individuals with a well-rounded breadth of knowledge in more than one health specialty will have the best job prospects.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $45,000
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 college 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:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • 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.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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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.