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Industrial Hygiene

Navy industrial hygiene officer prepares to test a water sample for contaminants with a Hazardous Air Pollutants On-Site machine.

Industrial Hygiene

Sailors and Marines frequently have unique living and working arrangements. Navy Industrial Hygiene Officers (IHOs) help servicemembers adapt to close quarters and sometimes hazardous conditions.

Sailors and Marines frequently have unique living and working arrangements. Navy Industrial Hygiene Officers (IHOs) help servicemembers adapt to close quarters and sometimes hazardous conditions.

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About This Job

Navy Industrial Hygiene Officers develop environmental and operational policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of servicemembers and property – wherever jobs are done.

They focus on shielding people, installations and equipment by managing risk within working, living and operating environments worldwide. This specialty practices “defensive medicine” outside the Naval hospital or clinic.

Navy IHOs:

  • Provide direction worldwide to the Department of the Navy (DON) Environmental and Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene and Safety programs
  • Serve as advisors for environmental and occupational health issues, reducing injury and disease risks among Navy and Marine Corps personnel
  • Lead large multidisciplinary departments and directorates (e.g., Occupational Health and Preventive Medicine), directorate-level staff positions and in-command positions (Naval Safety School, Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Units [NEPMUs], Navy Environmental Health Center [NEHC], etc.)
  • Conduct inspections and training functions in industrial or operational settings aboard ships, at shore-based workplaces or in the field with Navy Seabees and Marines
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As an IHO in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you will accept responsibility for a broad and rapidly expanding array of environmental and occupational control programs:

  • Hazardous material assessment and disposal
  • Biohazards
  • Safety
  • Respiratory and personal protection equipment
  • Ergonomic hazards  
  • Detection, assessment and monitoring of chemical and biological agents in wartime and natural disaster contingencies
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Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes. This gives you the flexibility to expand your profession in the Navy without compromising your civilian practice at home.

For annual training, Reservists may serve anywhere in the world, whether at sea, in facilities stateside, or on bases in countries around the world.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Industrial Hygiene Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must first be met.

For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.

With flexible training options,Medical Service Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve can comfortably balance civilian and military schedules. You can maintain your own life and your own career – enriching both with the rewarding work you do for others.

The Medical Service Corps in the Navy Reserve offers a truly diverse variety of operational venues. In some cases, you can even work in the same civilian location you work in now. What’s more, you will enjoy an unrivaled sense of pride and fulfillment known only to those who serve.

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Practicing Professionals

As a Reservist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you’ll receive your choice of any one of these three generous financial offers:*

  • Up to $50,000 in graduate school loan repayment assistance  
  • Up to $30,000 in specialty pay  
  • An immediate one-time sign-on bonus of up to $10,000

*Offers cannot be combined and depend on specialty. Sign-on bonus offer option available only to those with prior Navy experience (NAVET).

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To qualify for employment consideration as an Industrial Hygiene Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the United States  
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree with a major in industrial hygiene. Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, environmental sciences, chemistry, industrial engineering or industrial safety is also acceptable
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty  
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41  
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Master’s degree in industrial hygiene, preferably from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Master of Science or doctoral degree  
  • Certification in comprehensive practice by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH)
  • Successful completion of calculus, biology, two academic years of chemistry (including inorganic and organic chemistry with labs), and a total of at least 40 semester hours of pure science
  • Field experience as an industrial hygienist or industrial hygiene technologist

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

Paid training. Competitive salary. Comprehensive health coverage. Generous vacation. World travel. The list goes on.
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US Navy servicemen raise US flag.