Global Health Jobs Analysis: A Joint Effort of Communications and Global Health Connections
To characterize and gain insight into the global health job market by collecting and analyzing data on global health vacancy postings over a 6-month period.
This project, a joint effort between the Communications Committee and the Global Health Connections Working Group of the International Health Section, collected data on publicly posted job vacancies with the aim of giving the Section’s students and aspiring global health professionals insight into the current global health job market. As global health graduate programs increase in number and matriculate more students, understanding the range of available jobs and their requirements for applicants is vital for professionals who desire to enter this highly competitive field.
Data collection was conducted from November 2015 to May 2016. Preliminary findings from the analysis were presented at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver, and a presentation on the finalized results has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming meeting in Atlanta. Data collected on job vacancies include employer, position title, location, opening and closing dates, education level required, years of experience required, region and/or technical area of focus, and language skills required or preferred.
The quantitative data set has been finalized. The full quantitative analysis, along with a preliminary qualitative analysis, has been completed, and a manuscript was finalized for publication in August 2017. Once accepted, it will be available to all Section members. Subsequent qualitative and mixed-methods analysis are also being considered.