Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:48:20 -0500
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From: Zack Mansdorf <mansdorfz**At_Symbol_Here**BELLSOUTH.NET>
Subject: Re: Professional education strategies
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A quick response.  At the corporate level (and for some large Divisions), experts are needed while at the local level (factory, warehouse, lab, etc.) more generalists are needed.  Hence, for the corporate jobs there are requirements for technical degrees (including Masters level), experience and certifications or equivalent (certifications require experience).

I think few pay much attention to degree granting institutions unless it is one of the big recognized schools which gives an advantage.  However, bogus degrees from unaccredited universities are definitely a negative in big organizations.

This is my experience and I hope you find it useful.

Zack Mansdorf

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Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:47 PM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Professional education strategies


I would be very interested in hearing the responses also, so could you compile any private responses and post them to the list anonymously for the rest of us? 


On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 9:05 AM, Ray Cook <raycook**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Greetings All,

My order of preference for selection, all other things considered equal,
from 1st to last choice would be:

MS - hands on
MS - online

The specific v. general depends more on what you want to do v. what
employers want.  There are opportunities for both paths.


Raymond L. Cook, Jr.,  MSIH, CIH, CSP
Principal Consultant

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Secretary ACS DCHAS
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 3:37 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Professional education strategies

A member of the division who is considering potential professional
development opportunities is interested in comments from the list membership
about some questions they're wondering about. Specifically:

- When hiring an EHS professional are you more likely to interested in a
candidate's experience, or do certifications or graduate degrees carry more

- If graduate degrees are important, does it make a difference if they are
on-line or in-person degrees?

- Are employers be more interested in hiring people with specific degrees
(eg, Industrial Hygiene) or more general ones (eg, EHS Management)?

If you prefer to respond to these questions privately, feel free to send
them to me directly and I'll pass them back to the person asking the

Thanks for your help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart
Secretary< br>Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

Wendy Campbell, CSP
Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725-1826
Office: (208) 426-3303
Fax:  (208) 426-3343

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