As the U.S. population ages, the healthcare industry is expected to have the fastest employment growth and add the most jobs between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s good news for those exploring a rewarding career in public health.
Public health job outlook
Here are 5 public health careers expected to grow over the next eight years.
Epidemiologists are likely to have good job prospects over the next several years. Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. Most epidemiologists have a master’s degree in public health (MPH) or a related field, and some have completed a doctoral degree in epidemiology or medicine.
The median annual wage for epidemiologists was $69,450 in May 2015, and employment for this field is projected to grow six percent over the next eight years, according to the BLS.
Biostatisticians work as academics in the biomedical field analyzing the effects of treatments, environmental conditions, and other factors on living things. Most professionals have a master’s or doctorate degree in biostatistics or a related field, such as mathematics or biology.
In 2016, the median annual salary for a biostatistician is $76,205, according to Salary.com. While the BLS does not specifically track employment data for biostatisticians, it does note that employment of statisticians is projected to grow 34 percent until 2024.
Medical and Health Services Managers and Administrators
Professionals in this field oversee, plan, and direct services in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, group medical practices, and more. Most employers prefer master’s degrees in this area.
The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $94,500 in May 2015. Employment is expected to increase 17 percent until 2024, according to the BLS.
Environmental Scientists and Specialists
Professionals in this field pinpoint and examine environmental hazards that might impact population health. Most candidates looking to work in this field must have at least a bachelor’s degree.
The BLS predicts an 11 percent increase until 2024. The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $67,460 in May 2015.
Health Educators and Community Health Workers
Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness, and develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Meanwhile, community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.
The median annual wage for health educators and community health workers was $43,840 in May 2015, according to the BLS. Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 13 percent until 2024.