Health care careers are booming. More than 3 million new health care jobs are expected between 2006 and 2016, and 7 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are in the health care industry. These are job prospects for 10 health care careers based on outlooks from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Physicians and Surgeons Health Care Careers:
Job opportunities should be very good with especially high demand in rural and low-income areas, and in specialties including general and family practice, internal medicine and OB/GYN.
Physician Assistants Health Care Careers:
Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow 27% from 2006 to 2016. This is driven in part by cost containment measures in the health care industry as they assume routine functions previously conducted by physicians.
Registered Nurses Health Care Careers:
Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 23%. Such high demand could encourage employers to offer incentives like higher compensation and educational benefits.
Pharmacists Health Care Jobs:
Job prospects are also excellent for pharmacists with employment projected to grow by 22%. This is driven in part by an aging population and scientific advances. Pharmacists are also becoming more involved in counseling patients.
Pharmacy Technicians Health Care Jobs:
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase 32%. Driven by cost cutting in the health care industry, pharmacy technicians often assume the previous routine functions of pharmacists and the administrative work of pharmacy aides.
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians:
Job prospects look very good, and there will be particularly high demand for technicians with medical coding skills. This is one of the few health care industry jobs with little direct contact with patients.
Social Workers Health Care Careers:
Employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22%. Job prospects are especially good for gerontology social workers and those in rural areas.
Chiropractors Health Care Careers:
Employment of chiropractors is expected to increase 14% fueled by consumer demand for alternative health care.
Dental Health Industry:
Employment growth for dentists is about 9% and equivalent to the average for all occupations. Growth will continue strong for dental hygienists (30%) and dental assistants (29%) as cost control measures create incentives for them to assume routine tasks previously performed by dentists.
Veterinarian Health Care Jobs:
The health care industry isn’t just for humans. Employment growth for veterinarians is expected to increase 35% over the 2006 to 2016 decade. Feline medicine is especially in demand, but all pet owners are increasingly likely to purchase insurance and pursue advanced care.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics