Looking for a career with job security? Consider your options in healthcare
Are you looking for a career that offers not only interesting work, but also job security? Then why not consider your options in healthcare?
According to employment projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2014 and 2024, healthcare industries and occupations are expected to see the fastest job growth and add the most positions of all industries. Reasons for this growth include an aging population and an increase in the numbers of people suffering from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Consider the following statistics from a report by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease titled “The Growing Crisis of Chronic Disease in the United States:” in 1995, 118 million Americans suffered from one or more chronic diseases. In 2015, that number has risen to 149 million; and experts predict it will rise to 171 million by 2013.
For many people, thinking of healthcare for aging people and those who are chronically ill brings images of hospitals, clinics, doctors, and nurses to mind. And though there will be an undeniable need for more of these institutions and professionals, there’s also going to be a demand for employer-provided healthcare professionals in the workplace.
Clearly, the demand for health care professionals in a wide variety of occupations will grow exponentially in the coming years. That means that if you’re a student looking for a career; someone returning to the workforce; or a mid-career professional looking to change careers, healthcare offers a wide variety of options for a long-lasting career. Let’s take a look at some healthcare jobs with great outlooks through 2022:
- Athletic trainers and exercise physiologists. These professionals focus on the diagnosing and rehabilitation of muscular and skeletal injuries. They play an instrumental role in both the prevention and the treatment of injuries. Over the next seven years, these professions will see a job growth of 19 percent. To become an athletic trainer or exercise physiologist, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree and possibly additional certifications. You can expect to earn approximately $42,690 a year.
- Dental hygienists. Dental hygienists clean patient’s teeth and diagnose conditions such as gingivitis. They also provide and instruct patients on preventative care. The projected job growth is 33 percent. To become a dental hygienist, you’ll need an associate’s degree. You can expect an annual salary of $70,210.
- Occupational therapists. These professionals will see a job growth of 29 percent. They treat ill, injured, or disabled patients by means of doing everyday activities as exercises. This helps patients recover or develop the skills they need in their work and life. To become an occupational therapist, you’ll need a master’s degree. You can expect an annual salary of $75,400.
- Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists. These professionals operate imaging equipment to generate images or run diagnostics that physicians and surgeons can use to diagnose and treat medical conditions. An associate’s degree is required, and you’ll earn around $60,350 annually. A job growth of 39 percent is projected through 2022.
- Genetic counselors. Genetic counselors assess patients’ risk of genetic conditions, for example breast cancer and birth defects. This can be done in an independent practice or as part of a larger healthcare institution. To become a genetic counselor, you’ll need a master’s degree. This occupation will see 41 percent growth, and professionals can earn a salary of $56,800 per year.
- Home health aides. These professionals look after people who are chronically ill, disabled, or cognitively impaired. You don’t need a degree to become a home health aide, but you will have to complete some on-the-job-training. This occupation will experience a growth of 48 percent. Home health aides earn around $20,820 annually.
Of course, there are many more rewarding careers in healthcare. Take some time to inform yourself on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, so you can select the occupation that works best for you.