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The importance of the field of Industrial Hygiene has grown rapidly in recent years as society increasingly recognizes the need to maintain healthy and safe working environments. This has produced a climate where exciting and valuable career opportunities exist for well-qualified practitioners and researchers in industry, government organizations, and academic and research institutions.

Read “What is an Industrial Hygienist” to learn more about working in the field of industrial hygiene.




It’s no longer enough to be certified. You need a credential that will help you stand out from the crowd. The requirements are demanding and consequently, the CIH is held only by an elite group of professionals.

The CIH has been the gold standard for more than 50 years, attaining uncompromised integrity, global recognition and career-lasting value.

Learn more:
American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH)



View Alumni Profiles to read what our IH alumni have to say about their current careers and their educational experience at the University of Minnesota.

Common Job Titles

  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Professor

Types of Employers

  • Local Health Departments
  • State Health Departments
  • Other State Agencies
  • Corporations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Government Agencies


The video below features Industrial Hygiene program alum Jessica Hauge, who works at 3M. The video is part of a marketing campaign by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to tell stories about what industrial hygienists do.

“I ended up with a Master of Public Health degree in Industrial Hygiene, and it was the best decision I ever made to switch career paths.”
– Jessica Hauge