In February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced its employment projections for the next eight years. They predicted that four industries will see the fastest job growth by 2020, and one of those industries is healthcare. In fact, seven of the top twenty industries for job growth are within the healthcare sector. The total number of healthcare jobs is expected to increase by 5.6 million, as projected by the BLS.
Couple healthy job growth (which means lots of healthcare job openings) with an industry in which real differences can be made in the lives of patients every day and it’s easy to see why careers in healthcare are becoming increasingly popular with both new grads and mid-career professionals. But which careers comprise the best jobs in health care? We’ll give you a hint: doctor is not the answer.
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the top jobs in healthcare. Their rankings included registered nurse, pharmacist, medical assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, clinical laboratory technician, paramedic and massage therapist. Based on the data, we’d have to agree that these eight positions indeed represent some of the best healthcare job opportunities. We’ll discuss the top three below.
Registered nurses ranked number one on the U.S. News list of best healthcare jobs and took top billing on the publication’s list of best jobs in all industries as well for several reasons. First, registered nurses can work in a large number of settings, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, public health offices, home care, rehabilitation centers and schools. Registered nurses also have the opportunity to specialize in particular areas of interest. Secondly, the BLS has predicted job growth within the registered nurse field to reach 26 percent. Over 711,000 positions should be added by 2020.
Pharmacist jobs are ranked number two on the U.S. News list of best healthcare jobs and number three on the publication’s list of best jobs in all industries. Those trained for positions as pharmacists may find employment in hospitals, medical clinics and retail pharmacy chains. The BLS projects that jobs for pharmacists will increase by 25.4 percent by 2020. More than 69,000 positions will be added.
3. Medical Assistant
Medical assistants ranked number three on the U.S. News list of best healthcare jobs. These trained professionals work in a variety of settings including hospitals, doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. They play roles in administration as well as assist with clinical duties. The BLS projects that jobs for medical assistants will increase by 30.9 percent by 2020. More than 162,000 positions will be added. An added bonus: college degrees are generally not required for these roles. Professionals interested in medical assistant careers will find a variety of one-year certification programs and employers offering on-the-job training.
Whether you’re beginning your career as a registered nurse, pharmacist or medical assistant, or looking for your next role within any segment of the healthcare industry, you will find numerous healthcare job openings across the nation. – Originally posted on onTargetjobs by Angela Rose