Industrial hygienists protect employees from hazards
Industrial hygienists’ job demand extends to homes, communities.
BY PAULA BURKES •
Published: February 13, 2011
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.
â†’Education: Bachelorâ€™s degree in science and masterâ€™s in industrial hygiene, occupational safety or environmental management.
â†’Necessary traits: Strong chemistry, algebra and math skills; analytical; love of problem-solving; detail-oriented; ability to interpret technical analysis and explain it in laymanâ€™s terms.
â†’Annual median salary nationwide: $71,993, according to Salary.com.
â†’For more information: The American Industrial Hygiene Association (aiha.org) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (abih.org).