According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of the 20 industries that are projected to have the largest wage and salary growth in the next ten years, 7 of them are in the healthcare industry. And of the 30 occupations whose entire labor force is expected to have the largest overall growth in the next ten years, 6 of those are healthcare jobs. But most pertinently, of the 30 occupations with the fastest projected employment growth, 10 of them are in the healthcare field.
Still not convinced a healthcare career is right for you? Take a look at this list of the top 5 healthcare jobs for 2012.
- Home Health Aides
This one should not come as a surprise. With America’s aging population—coupled with Baby Boomers’ homeopathic ideologies and not-insignificant pre-recession residual income—home health care will be the number one fastest growing sector of the healthcare industry for the forseeable future. The great news? You don’t need a college degree to get your foot in the door. Most programs will train you to get a certification and the rest of your education will consist of on-the-job training.
- Physical Therapy Assistants
Did you know that most licensed physical therapists are required to have a doctorate degree? If you want to help people by entering the physical therapy field, why not start off as a physical therapy ssistant and build your competencies from there? It’s a heck of a lot cheaper and you will gain necessary practical training while helping people get back on their feet, literally. How cool is that?
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
If you’re looking for a really impressive job title that doesn’t require many additional years of schooling, this is the job for you! Basically, you would use special equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Job opportunities will continue to grow as sonography becomes an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional radiology procedures.
- Occupational Therapists
Are you looking for the type of job where you can help someone help themselves? Occupational therapy is a specialized field that helps patients regain the ability to perform simple daily tasks and exercises which are vital to their independence. Whether it was a stroke, an injury, an illness, or an infection, occupational therapists not only help heal the body, but also the spirit.
- Registered Nurses and Licensed Nurse Practitioners
We feel this one should go without saying, but if you’re not sure which healthcare field you’d like to explore, general nursing is a great place to start. Getting your associates degree in nursing gives you some time to evaluate your options and determine where you fit best. In general, nursing is one of the most geographically flexible occupations with healthy, stable earning potential. So whether you want the letters RN or the letters LPN after your name, you can’t go wrong knowing you will command respect and a decent salary in these hard economic times.
With this many accessible jobs projected to become available within the next few years, current job seekers can position themselves to be ready and qualified when an opportunity presents itself. Armed with this knowledge, and with HealthCareerWeb on your side, your future looks sunny and bright!