7 Booming Federal Career Fields
Currin Berdine | Editor
Medical and Public Health
Medical and health services managers plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of healthcare. These workers are either specialists who work in a specific clinical department, or generalists who manage an entire facility or system.
Health information managers are responsible for ensuring that health records comply with Federal Government regulations.
Occupational health and safety specialists and inspectors help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public. 2 out of 5 public health specialists work in Federal, State, and local government agencies that enforce rules on safety, health, and the environment.
Median Annual Salary
Most medical and public health specialists enter Federal service as GS-9 employees, and receive a salary of $44,934 – $58,549.
Some agencies require occupational health and safety specialists to have a <a href=“http://govcentral.monster.com/tracking/int?landing_page=”http://govcentral.monster.com/content/education-resources degree in occupational health, safety, or a related field, such as engineering, biology, or chemistry. For some positions, a master’s degree in industrial hygiene or a related subject is required. There also are associate degree and 1-year certificate programs, which primarily are intended for technicians.
• Most occupational health and safety specialists and technicians work in large private firms or for Federal, State, and local governments, most of which generally offer benefits more generous than those offered by smaller firms.
• Employment of occupational health and safety specialists and technicians is expected to increase 9 percent by 2016.
• Most Federal government jobs are as Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors, who enforce U.S. Department of Labor regulations and impose fines.
• Health care has been rated one of the 9 fastest growing government industries