When I joined the Industrial Hygiene family in 1980 I felt like I was chosen among millions to join. Did you experience this feeling? I was surrounded by seasoned “IH Professors” who invested themselves in me to develop my knowledge and skills to be effective on the shop floor, in the Board room and at the ABIH examination desk. Over the years I’ve seen the reduction in IH staffs, the advance towards reliance on “EHS generalists” and the graying of EHS technical professionals. A few weeks ago I was with a group of senior EHS leaders from numerous large global enterprises as we discussed the reshaping in EHS organizations that’s underway in response to numerous factors including budget pressures, shrinking of North American markets with corresponding growth in the Asia/Pacific region, dominance of the “E” in EHS, and potential retirement bubble courtesy of the Baby Boomers. They suggested that these factors will contribute the demise of the Industrial Hygiene profession as we know it….and love it. Are they right? What needs to be done to “save” the profession? What are the harsh realities we need to quickly understand and adapt to if their prediction is true? And finally as the trend towards EHS generalists grows, are there other areas of technical expertise that we are gradually loosing as a profession?