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Where to start if you want a job in public health

During National Public Health Week, we look into the data around jobs, skills and colleges to look at if you want to pursue a career in the public health field.

Where to start if you want a job in public health

More than 131,000 people work in public health jobs in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but those jobs aren't one-size-fits-all: Career paths in this field can vary widely from epidemiology and environmental health sciences to communication, marketing and data analysis.

This week marks National Public Health Week, an annual celebration of "the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation." For those already in the field — or who are interested in pursuing careers in public health — there are a variety of resources dedicated to information on education, career paths and more.

For many jobs, a bachelor's degree will suffice, but others (and particular states) may require advanced degrees or education, including master's degrees. Some educational programs require up to six years of work — both in general and specialized studies — prior to obtaining a degree.

But if you're passionate about helping others and want to obtain a job in public health, there are lots to choose from. An analysis of Monster's data shows where you might want to look for that job, and the kinds of skills you might want to develop.

Top cities for public health jobs in the U.S.:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • New York City, N.Y.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.

Top skills within public health:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • ICD-9
  • Medical records
  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  • Medical Billing
  • Patient Assessment
  • Nursing
  • HIPAA
  • Medical Treatment

Top job titles:

And if you're getting ready to head to college, here are the top schools for public health skills:

  • Boston University
  • Tulane University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Texas
  • Emory University
  • UCLA
  • Drexel University

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