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Public Health Jobs in Demand

by Justin King

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) estimates that the health industry will be among occupations with highest projected employment growth by 2020. This means that jobs in public health will be in particularly high demand. Knowing the different public health jobs available will help those interested in the health industry plan a long and productive career.

Hospital Jobs

Job seekers will find hospital employment in high demand. For example, the BLS expects registered nursing positions to grow by 26 percent by the year 2020, a percentage that is higher than many other occupations such as those in the food industry or sales. As the demand for hospital work increases, so will the college and university programs addressing this need. Job seekers interested in public health work might consider becoming a registered nurse through a university hospital or teaching hospital.

Home Care Jobs

Outside of hospitals, there is an increased need for home care workers, such as home health aides. The BLS expects the need for these positions to grow by more than 69 percent by the year 2020. In assisted care and home health aide positions, workers typically assist elderly or disabled patients who need daily care, but prefer to live in their own home. These occupations don't always require a nursing or health degree, but most states require at least 60 hours of formal training through organizations such as the American Red Cross.

Health Office Administration

If you're looking to work in public health without providing direct care to patients, consider a career in health office administration. For instance, you could become a medical secretary, which is a position expected to grow in demand by 41 percent by the year 2020. Office administrators in physicians' offices have the important job of maintaining health records, tracking insurance payments, and helping patients understand the medical bills. Administrative experience is commonly preferred for work in these positions.

Emergency Care Jobs

A career in emergency care, such as an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic, will grow by 33 percent by 202, according to the BLS. Training and certification requirements vary in emergency health care. An entry level EMT position requires a high school degree, CPR certification, and participation in an EMT training program equivalent to 100 hours of training. Advanced paramedic jobs require over 1300 hours of training in emergency care, and an average of two years of emergency care experience. Job seekers interested in emergency care work should find a nearby college or technical school that offers training.

About the Author

Justin King is a writer and scholar of environmental and public rhetoric. He holds a Master of Arts in writing studies from Saint Joseph's University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. King has been contributing to online publications and print journals since 2004, as well as delivering talks on science writing and environmental theory throughout the United States.

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