Promsing Career Outlook
Health informatics is one of the fastest growing career fields. By combining their skills in public health and information, health informatics professionals can undertake many unique and important roles.
- Graduates with interests in human behavior may lead visioning and strategy for new ways of leveraging information to promote the improvement of individual health behaviors.
- Individuals with entrepreneurial aspirations may lead the development of applications or systems that improve the ways consumers and clinicians access and use information.
- Those with technical interests may find roles as application designers and developers, consultants, system analysts, and entrepreneurs.
- Individuals with analytical and quantitative skills can become quality improvement analysts, data miners, evaluation specialists, or clinical and public health researchers.
- Policy-minded graduates can be part of a new generation of informatics-enabled policy analysts and engage with ongoing health reform.
- Those who enter the program from the health professions will be able to assume positions as medical, nursing, or public health information or technology officers who envision new solutions to health care and delivery.
Forecasts of national demand provide a strong indication of high level of future demand in the area of health informatics. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, projects that employment in health informatics and related fields will grow nearly 18% by 2016. The Bureau projects a need for more than 6,000 new professionals each year through 2014. Similarly, according to the Occupation Outlook Handbook, employment in the health informatics field is expected to grow (projected 20% increase) much faster than the average across all fields.
Graduates of the program will work in a wide range of settings and roles within them. Their activities will reflect the positioning of this program to prepare leaders at the forefront of a dynamic field.
A Sampling of Job Settings
Health informatics graduates are positioned to work at:
- Small information technology companies, including start-ups
- Public health agencies: local, state, national
- Hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings
- Insurance companies
- Healthcare and technology consulting firms
- Research and development organizations, including universities and pharmaceutical companies
- Professional organizations and societies
A Sampling of Job Types
Graduates will pursue a varied range of positions with an equally vareid range of job titles, such as:
- Corporate technology or innovation officer
- Medical / nursing / public health information officer
- Health application designer / developer
- Change manager / workflow re-designer
- Consultant / analyst / strategic planner
- Program evaluation / quality improvement specialist