OEHS experts apply their backgrounds in science and medicine to protect people in new ways.

So if you’re interested in…

  • Pre-med
  • Pre-pharma
  • Biomedical/biochemistry engineering
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Nursing
  • Epidemiology
  • Toxicology

…a future in OEHS may be for you.


Live a day in the life with the many types of IH/OH professionals and hear from them why they do what they do.

Learn why Subena Colligan of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp loves being an OEHS professional.

Benefits of an OEHS career:

  • Little to no tuition debt
  • High demand upon graduation
  • Higher-than-average starting salary, compared to other science or health-based careers
  • Strong career path
According to the 2019 AIHA Salary Survey, the average starting salary among young professionals was $58,300; after 10 years with their certificate, the reported average annual base salary in the US was $113,641.

What can you do with an OEHS degree?

Each day is different, and your “office” could be a manufacturing plant, a pharmaceutical lab, an oil rig, a construction site, a railway or a potential natural disaster site, the possibilities are endless.

Workers on
the Job

Protect workers’ hearing by controlling noise in the workplace. Each year 22 million people in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work.

OEHS experts work with museum curators to keep staff healthy. They develop programs to protect workers from chemicals used to preserve artifacts.

Pandemic and Natural Disaster Response

OEHS experts created industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage as they emerge from the COVID-19 quarantines. And during the 2015 Ebola outbreak, they protected emergency responders in West Africa and hospital staff taking infected patients to the Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit.

OEHS volunteers organized in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. They coordinated procuring donations of personal protective equipment, and offered expertise on mold and environmental hazards.

First Responders Safe

OEHS experts help protect firefighters. They’ve led research which finds better ways to protect firefighters from toxic exposures when responding to fires.

US Public Health Service OEHS professionals assisted in the 2010 Haiti earthquake response effort. IHs helped protect emergency responders from heat, stress, fatigue, and asbestos hazards.

Types of personalities best suited for OEHS

Do you share any of these personality traits? OEHS experts have been self-described as:

  • Competitive, ambitious, driven
  • Passionate, compelling
  • Global, internationally minded
  • Technical, analytical
  • One foot in white collar, one in blue
  • Practical
  • Inclusive and exclusive
  • Idealistic
  • Forward-thinking
  • Evidence-based, process-oriented

What’s the next step?


Benefits of Belonging

Jacob Shedd, PhD candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and AIHA member since 2017 speaks about the importance of getting involved with AIHA from the beginning as a student and the benefits of membership.

A Student’s Experience:

In high school, I wanted to be a biomedical engineer. I took a class in Industrial Hygiene, and the professor explained the upstream vs. downstream approach to solving public health problems. With this degree, you can prevent the problem before it occurs; help people before they even know there’s a problem. It opened up a new world for me.

Alessandra (Lexi) Pratt, MS
President of the AIHA Student Local Section Advisory Council, PhD Student, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health University of Iowa​