This major is a program that prepares public health specialists to monitor and evaluate health and related safety standards in industrial, commercial, and government workplaces and facilities.
Includes instruction in occupational health and safety standards and regulations; health-related aspects of various occupations and work environments; health hazard testing and evaluation; test equipment operation and maintenance; industrial toxicology; worker health and safety education; and the analysis and testing of job-related equipment, behavior practices, and protective devices and procedures.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Major?
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene majors generally work as specialists or technicians. Their jobs are to collect data on and analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. Technicians work with specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.
Job opportunities for Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene workers could be good in the future as this career subsector may see a four percent (4%) growth 2019-2029.
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene workers typically need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or in a related scientific or technical field.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Board of Industrial Hygiene
- Board of Certified Safety Professionals
- S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Publications/Magazines in Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Major