The United States professional occupational health work force: needs and demands.
Ann Am Conf Gov Ind Hyg, Training and Education in Occupational Hygiene: An International Perspective, 1988 Feb; 15:57-63
A study of the current occupational health work force and projections for the future needs of the profession were presented. A review of the occupational health professions (OHP) since 1977 was presented. This included analysis of the number and distribution of employees and assessment of the projections made at that time. Since the establishment of the Educational Resource Centers (ERC) in 1977, they have enrolled more than 5000 full time students. Nearly 272 were expected to graduate in 1987. Training grant graduates were 3.5 times more likely to study industrial hygiene than occupational health nursing, safety or occupational medicine. Ninety percent of the graduates were employed: 50 percent in the private sector, 21 percent in nonmilitary government, 14 percent in academic institutions and 11 percent in the military. ERC provided continuing education for 18,400 students in 1986 on a budget of 8.76 million dollars. When surveyed, employers of these graduates reported satisfaction with the training and skills of the employees; they recommend more hands/on training. The authors conclude that the demand for industrial hygienists will continue and that current educational programs are meeting the needs of the profession.
NIOSH-Author; Training; Occupational-health-programs; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-hygienists; Industrial-hygiene-programs; Occupational-health; Industrial-medicine
Training and Education in Occupational Hygiene: An International Perspective, Annals of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Vol. 15