Choosing a Specialty in Public Health
If developing policy and directing public health initiatives is where you think you’d be able to make the most impact, you’ll find a master’s in public health is a natural path for you to take in the course of preparing for your career, or when taking steps to advance to more influential roles in leadership. The MPH is a diverse degree that teaches the practical applications of the five core public health disciplines – behavioral science and health education, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, and health services administration. This makes the MPH relevant to specialized career paths in any of these areas.
How We Decided on the Top-25 Most In-Demand Jobs
So that leaves you to figure out what path you’re going to take to make your mark in the incredibly diverse and vitally important field of public health. To help you plan for whatever future career you envision for yourself, what we provide for you here is our analysis of the most in-demand jobs in public health. And true to the spirit of public health, it’s an analysis that is largely objective and statistically-based, but that also has a human element to it.
Our basic methodology involved a look at the job growth projections for dozens of careers in public health as classified in the 2019 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics database. With strong job growth projections serving as the best indicator of demand in any field, we identified the professions that are slated to add the most jobs during the ten-year period leading up to 2028. But a purely statistics-based analysis of what the public health job market is most likely to be like in the years ahead misses some of the factors that are we know will be driving demand for certain roles.
So, with our finger on the pulse of where the field is heading, we considered political pressures that come as a result of major events like the Flint Water Crises, as well as economic factors that make environmental and community health efforts a more affordable alternative to simply ignoring problems and dealing with them later, as is the case with the obesity epidemic and opioid addiction crises, among other public health issues that disproportionately affect poor and underrepresented segments of society.
So here you have the 25 public health jobs, presented in no particular order, that we believe will see the most demand in the years ahead based on both the numbers that are coming out of the job market, and the real-world events playing out in our communities.
Community Health Workers
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
Clinical Research Coordinator
Social and Community Service Managers
Nonprofit Executive Director
Clinical Trials Scientist
Director of Industrial Hygiene
Industrial Waste System Engineer
Infection Control Officer
For the complete list and to see details about each, view the article in the MPH Programs List