Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Occupational Hygiene Employment Outlook Is Favorable

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Occupational Hygiene Employment Outlook Is Favorable

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Even in a time of economic uncertainty, highly qualified occupational health professionals have their choice of jobs, a recent survey indicates. As more national emphasis is placed on workplace and environmental health and safety, the demand for industrial hygienists, leading professionals in the occupational safety and health field, is estimated to increase well into the future. These conclusions and other positive findings regarding educational and employment opportunities for industrial hygienists were published in a July 1993 Manpower Assessment Brief by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environment, Safety and Health.

Data cited in the report, which focused in part on federal employment opportunities for industrial hygienists, shows that the number of industrial hygienists employed full-time in federal civil service in all government agencies grew 44 percent between the years 1985 and 1991. The fastest growth rate occurred in the Department of Veterans Affairs, which reported a tremendous 765 percent increase in industrial hygiene employment from 1985 to 1991. The Department of Energy also reported increased employment of industrial hygienists from 14 workers in 1985 to 42 in 1991, a 200 percent increase. As an indication of the amount of competition existing between the federal government and the private sector to recruit and retain top-notch industrial hygienists, the government has placed the industrial hygiene occupation on a list of jobs that qualify for special pay rates. …

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