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Public Health Job Outlook

Learn about careers in public health and what the job outlook is through 2029.

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Diversity and Scope of Roles

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.

Careers You Can Pursue with an MPH

  • Biomedical statistician
  • Chronic disease epidemiologist
  • Clinical trials analyst
  • Director of environmental health
  • Director of epidemiology program
  • Director of industrial hygiene
  • Director of water treatment plant
  • Genetics data analyst
  • Industrial waste director
  • Infection control officer
  • Infectious disease epidemiologist
  • Project manager
  • Public health officer
  • Radiation safety specialist
  • Survey statistician
  • 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’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook data and projections for common specialty areas in public health:

Job Growth for Public Health Careers

Career Field & Job Growth

  • Health Educators – 13%
  • Statisticians – 33%
  • Social Workers – 13%
  • Epidemiologists – 5%

Top Employers

  • Hospitals, non-profits, government
  • Government, research, colleges
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, mental health clinics
  • Research, colleges, pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing

*The BLS lists the national average for all occupations at 4% percent through 2029. 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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