Look to Health Care for Jobs with the Fastest Growth Rates
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these health care jobs are expected to have the fastest growth rates from 2008 to 2018.
1. Biomedical engineers are professionals who bring the application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field. They help to design, develop, and evaluate biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and heath management and care delivery systems.
- Expected growth rate: 72%
- New jobs created: 11,600
- Average salary: $77,400
- Educational requirements: Bachelor's degree
2. Home health aides assist people who are physically challenged, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired who want to continue to live in their homes or in a nonmedical residential facility. Some of the nonmedical tasks performed by home health aides include assisting those under their care with personal grooming, housekeeping, and preparing meals.
- Expected growth rate: 50%
- New jobs created: 460,900
- Average salary: $20,460
- Educational requirements: Short-term on-the-job training
3. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists, are experts in the research of diseases and disorders to improve the overall human condition. They concentrate on developing advanced knowledge of life processes and of other living organisms that affect human health, including viruses, bacteria, and other infectious agents.
- Expected growth rate: 40%
- New jobs created: 44,200
- Average salary: $72,590
- Educational requirements: Doctoral degree
4. Physician assistants are trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, under the supervision of a physician. They are important cogs in the delivery of health care and their tasks involved recording medical histories, examining patients, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and x rays, and making diagnoses and recommendations for treatment.
- Expected growth rate: 39%
- New jobs created: 29,200
- Average salary: $81,230
- Education requirements: Master's degree
For additional careers expected to grow by leaps and bounds, this Bright Hub article on the fastest growing jobs in America provides a list that includes a number of nonmedical opportunities.