5 of the Fastest-Growing Public Health Careers

As the U.S. population ages, the healthcare industry is expected to have the fastest employment growth and add the most jobs between now and 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s good news for those exploring a rewarding career in public health. UVM offers an online Master of Public Health degree in partnership with Larner College of Medicine which can prepare students for a variety of the fastest growing careers in Public Health.

Public health job outlook

Here are 5 public health careers expected to grow in coming 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. UVM also offers an online Certificate of Graduate Study in Epidemiology.

The average annual wage for epidemiologists is $94,824 as of April 2019, according to Salary.com. Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 9 percent between 2016 and 2026, 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 2019, the median annual salary for a biostatistician is $82,391, 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. UVM’s online Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Management & Policy introduces students to a range of policy, finance and management issues impacting healthcare and public health in today’s changing and challenging environment.

The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $113,122 in April 2019. Employment is expected to increase 20 percent until 2026, 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. UVM’s Certificate of Graduate Study in Global and Environmental Health helps students explore a range of health hazards, health-promotion strategies and environmental public health practices.

The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $71,130 in 2018, according to the BLS. Employment will see an 11 percent increase until 2026.

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.

In May 2018, the median annual wage for health educators was $54,220, and community health workers was $39,540, according to the BLS. Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent until 2026.

Learn about UVM’s Public Health Programs to help advance in your career today.