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According to the BLS’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012), many occupations associated with exercise science and related programs are projected to grow at average or above-average rates. 

The Job Outlook and Job Change show a projected growth in occupations between 2012 to 2022 presented as a percentage of growth and numeric change in employment; reflecting the continuing growth trend in the healthcare sector during the 10-year period.  In total, this group will produce more than 1.1 million new jobs by 2022. 

Employment Projections

The Postsecondary Health Specialties teacher occupation provides highly relevant data for the proposed DHSc program.  The occupation, which is tied for second fastest growing (36%), has the fifth-highest number of new jobs (68,600) and the fourth-highest salary ($81,140), was identified in by the BLS as one of the 20 fastest growing occupations (BLS, 2014).  The occupation was number 18 on the list of occupations with the highest percentage change of employment projected for the period from 2012 to 2022.  While Postsecondary Health Specialties teacher employment is projected to grow 36% with average 2012 salaries over $81,000, the total for all postsecondary teachers showed a projected growth of 19% and 2012 salaries over $68,000.  Individuals in the occupations who wish to transition their careers to postsecondary teaching may pursue the DHSc as the terminal degree sought by colleges and universities for their faculty members.

Profession, Labor, and Employment Trends

  • The entire allied health sector continues to grow with more graduates seeking and securing employment.  Experts note that, unlike other fields, the U.S. healthcare industry has consistently expanded hiring, even during the recent recession and weak economic recovery period (Rampell, 2012)
  • Graduates seeking employment in allied health professions “can look forward to well-paying and in-demand healthcare careers in a diverse field where jobs are increasing at a much faster rate than other professions” including positions for doctoral degree holders as researchers, teachers, and administrators.  (Petersons, 2013).
  • Department of Labor, labeled over 100 relevant occupations, including Postsecondary Health Specialties, as “Bright Outlook” given projected growth in Health Sciences careers (2014).
  • According to the BLS’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012), many occupations associated with exercise science and related programs are projected to grow at average or above-average rates. 

Rampell, C. (2012).  Enrollment Drops Again in Graduate Programs.  The New York Times.  September 28

Petersons (2013). Jobs in the Allied Health Professions.  October 18, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools/jobs-allied-health-professions.aspx

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator, Dr. Marc Federico:

  • Email: Federico@calu.edu
  • Phone: (724) 938-4356

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