Careers in Public Health

My time at ETSU has equipped me with valuable tools to carry myself professionally.  The environmental health department inspired me to view sensitive issues in a rounded critical approach.  The program prepared me to be well informed on current environmental health and public health topics for professional conversations.  Also, after interacting with alumni of other schools with comparable degrees, I highly value my education and experiences from ETSU.

The U.S. health system is the largest industry in the nation. Fields of public health are experiencing rapid employment growth.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook provides the following information on some of the careers in Public Health you may be interested in pursuing.  Each graphic links to the program of study recommended for entry level into the career.

Biostatisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and help solve real-world problems in public health.  Median pay is 75,560 per year and job growth is 27%.  Entry level into the profession is master's level education. Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness.  They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities.  Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.  Median pay is 48,790 per year with 21% job growth.  Entry level education requires a bachelor's degree.
Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health.  They may clean up polluted areas, advise policy makers or work with industry to reduce waste.  Median pay is 63,570 per year with 15% job growth.  Entry level education requires a bachelor's degree. Health services managers plan, direct and coordinate health services.  They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department or a group of physicians.  They must be able to adapt to changes in laws, regulations and technology.  Median pay is 88,580 per year with 23% job growth.  Entry level education requires a bachelor's degree.
Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites.  They try to understand how these organisms live, grow and interact with their environments.  Median pay is 66,260 per year with 7% job growth.  Entry level education is a bachelor's degree. Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans.  They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education, and health policy.  Median pay is 65,270 per year with 10% job growth.  Entry level education is a master's degree.

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