This category includes such job titles as city medical officer of health, social services director and housing policy and development director. These public servants are responsible for administering policies that keep communities healthy and thriving. Tasks might include guiding researchers, making budgets and coordinating projects.
You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field and might need a graduate degree as well. These are senior positions, so several years of experience as a social policy researcher, consultant or program officer is an asset. For positions in health policy, being a doctor or having other health care certification might be required.
The median annual salary for this field is $110,000.
This field has been growing quickly, with 53% more people employed in these jobs than there were five years ago. But the boom may be over — the government predicts there will be more people looking for work than jobs in another five years.
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