Industrial hygienists protect employees from hazards

Industrial hygienists’ job demand extends to homes, communities.

BY PAULA BURKES Published: February 13, 2011
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Charles L. Marshall is best known for helping Tinker Air Force Base recover from a fire at its logistics center in 1984. Hazardous materials had to be properly removed and disposed, and asbestos and chemicals cleaned away so the building — for national defense emergencies — could be rebuilt as quickly as possible.
But during 35 years...

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Industrial hygienist

→Education: Bachelor’s degree in science and master’s in industrial hygiene, occupational safety or environmental management.

→Necessary traits: Strong chemistry, algebra and math skills; analytical; love of problem-solving; detail-oriented; ability to interpret technical analysis and explain it in layman’s terms.

→Annual median salary nationwide: $71,993, according to Salary.com.

→For more information: The American Industrial Hygiene Association (aiha.org) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (abih.org).

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