According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) data, the career outlook for M.P.H. healthcare professionals indicates that:
- Twenty-three percent (23%) of the M.P.H. workforce, almost 110,000 workers, were eligible for retirement by 2012.
- The demand for M.P.H. degree-trained professionals in medically underserved urban and rural populations is increasing.
- An estimated 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020.
- Documented shortages are forecasted for public health physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, healthcare educators, and administrators.
- Overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028.
- Students also completing academic or professional programs in healthcare can expect employment opportunities and salaries consistent with each individual academic discipline or healthcare profession.