Public Health Job Outlook

Learn about careers in public health and what the job outlook is through 2024.

The term “public health” is a large umbrella that covers careers from statistician to social worker. So it’s no surprise that public health careers appeal to a wide range of people with diverse skills, interests and backgrounds.

The variety of jobs available makes public health a good fit for many students who seek to use their abilities and passions for the public good. However, it can also provide a challenge when attempting to take the pulse of the public health industry as a whole. Graduates with Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees may qualify for any number of jobs, including those listed below.

Biomedical statistician Industrial waste director
Chronic disease epidemiologist Infection control officer
Clinical trials analyst Infectious disease epidemiologist
Director of environmental health Project manager
Director of epidemiology program Public health officer
Director of industrial hygiene Radiation safety specialist
Director of municipal water treatment plant Survey statistician
Genetics data analyst Water quality investigator

Across this broad spectrum of job titles, public health career opportunities are growing. Here are job growth statistics for some public health fields.

Statistics for Public Health Career Specialties

To understand the job market you’ll face upon graduation, you’ll need to learn about the trends in your chosen public health career path. As you can see, careers in public health have a positive projected growth rate. The information below summarizes the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook data and projections for common specialty areas in public health:

Area of Public Health Job Growth through 2024* Top Employers
Health Educators 13 percent, faster than average Hospitals, non-profit organizations, state and local government
Epidemiologists 6 percent, as fast as average Scientific research facilities, colleges and universities, pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing
Social Workers 12 percent, faster than average Hospitals and clinics, nursing homes, community mental health clinics
Statisticians 34 percent, faster than average Federal government, scientific research facilities, colleges and universities

*The BLS lists the national average for all occupations at 7 percent through 2024. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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