Are you considering a career in healthcare? Healthcare-related occupations are among the fastest growing careers in the United States. In fact, according to a report from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 20 of the fastest growing occupations are related to healthcare.
In 2008, an estimated 14.3 million workers were employed in healthcare-related jobs.
Medicine offers a long-term, stable career and regular opportunities for career growth and salary increases. In many cases, you can build a career in this fast-growing field with less than four years of training.
As the baby boomer generation begins to age, the increased demand for healthcare workers means job security for those who choose a career in the medical field. In fact, 78 million baby boomers began to turn 65 in 2011, according to a report from the American Medical Association (AMA).
Besides being given the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives, a career in the healthcare industry can offer excellent health benefits and flexible hours.
According to the AMA report, geriatricians are especially needed, thanks in part to the aging baby boomer generation. For example, in 2011, there were approximately 7,100 geriatricians in the United States—a decline of 22 percent since 2000. And by 2030, the AMA estimates that there will be 8,000 geriatricians, but 36,000 will be needed.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to spend 8 to 10 years on your education, registered nurses and occupational therapists are in high demand and only require only a couple years of training.
Other healthcare professions that require little training and are vastly needed include medical assistants, registered nurses and nursing aids. These positions also have a relatively high growth replacement rate. Because these positions are in such high demand, the competition level for employment is minimal, meaning it’s possible to obtain a position in nearly any medical facility.