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About Working In Public Health and Health Services (from Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The overall demand for public health professionals continues to rise in response
to global concerns such as bio-terrorism, potential pandemics, HIV and
AIDS, and air and water quality issues. Additionally, rising insurance
costs and increased awareness of public health and wellness have
generated corporate and government support for prevention and education
programs in areas such as diet, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use and
workplace safety, among others.
Health Educators: Employment expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors.
Epidemiologists: Employment expected to increase by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing public health awareness, as well as an increased reliance on medical records for public health analysis, will maintain demand for epidemiologists. New legislation that will improve medical record-keeping is expected to create more opportunities for epidemiologists to track infection and demographic data.
Biostatisticians: Employment projected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed decisions. In addition, the large increase in available data from the Internet will open up new areas for analysis.
Community Health Workers: Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.
Health Services Managers: Employment expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This increase will in turn result in an increase in the number of physicians, patients, and procedures, as well as in the number of facilities. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and staffs in the healthcare industry. There will likely be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as well as baby boomers age.
Public Health Social Workers: Employment expected to grow by 34 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations. As baby boomers age, they and their families will require help from social workers to find care, which will increase demand for healthcare social workers.
Registered Nurses: Employment expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements, permitting a greater number of health problems to be treated; an increased emphasis on preventive care; and the large, aging baby boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations. Faster than average growth is expected in traditional hospital settings, as well as in non-hospital settings, such as physician’s offices and home healthcare services.
Medical records and health information technicians: Employment is
expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the
average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected
to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more
medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more
claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional
records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all
types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for
technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all
areas of the healthcare industry.
Environmental Scientists: Employment expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is projected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists. Further demand is also expected as a result of new and increasingly complex environmental laws and regulations.
Dietician and Nutritionists: Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations.
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Andrew Pasternack, Senior Editor
Andy leads the Public Health/Health Services and Research Methods/Evaluation teams at Jossey-Bass. Andy has worked in journalism and publishing for more than 20 years, and has held posts with the American Hospital Association, CMP Publishing, the Network for Continuing Medical Education, and Warner Communications.
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Seth is the associate editor for the Public Health/Health Services and Research Methods/Evaluation series at Jossey-Bass.
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