Healthcare is the fastest growing industry, even in the slowly recovering economy. Throughout the recession, healthcare continued to add jobs while other industries contracted. Therefore, the healthcare industry is a great sector for job-seekers to target, due to the demand for talent.
On the other hand, while healthcare is consistently adding jobs, this doesn’t mean that a health career is for everyone. If you are not truly passionate about at least some aspect of the medical field, you may want to pursue a different type of career. However, if you are sincerely interested and driven to caring for patients, improving the health of others, operating medical equipment, assisting with procedures or surgeries, or supporting the healthcare industry in some other way, there are definitely many options and roles at varying levels of education and training.
Many healthcare professions have high rates of burn-out and job stress. Therefore, be sure you are pursuing a medical career for the right reasons. If someone is telling you to become a nurse, or your parents want you to be a doctor, or you are targeting healthcare jobs solely because there are more of them available, you may want to reconsider. These are not compelling reasons to invest the time, money, and effort required for many medical certifications….
These are the best-paying jobs of the future
1. Biomedical engineers
- Percent increase: 61.7 percent
- Total new jobs (2010–2020): 9,700
- Median income: $81,540
- States with the most jobs per capita: Massachusetts, Utah, Minnesota
Biomedical engineers’ work typically involves designing or maintaining biomedical equipment, such as artificial organs and X-ray machines. These jobs often require a great deal of technical knowledge in fields such as biology, engineering, math, and chemistry. Because of this, a bachelor’s degree is typically needed. The professional requirements come with impressive compensation. The median income for such jobs was $81,540, and the top 10 percent earned more than $126,990. Between 2010 and 2020, the number of biomedical engineers is projected to rise by 61.7 percent, more than four times the projected growth rate for all jobs, which is 14 percent. Explaining this, the Burea of Labor Statistics cites the baby boomer generation’s growing demand for biomedical devices and procedures as it “seeks to maintain its healthy and active lifestyle.”
2. Diagnostic medical sonographers
- Percent increase: 43.5 percent
- Total new jobs (2010–2020): 23,400
- Median income: $64,380
- States with the most jobs per capita: Rhode Island, Florida, South Dakota
Diagnostic medical sonographers work in hospitals and other facilities, conducting ultrasounds on patients and analyzing the resulting images. The BLS projects an increase of 43.5 percent in the number of positions between 2010 and 2020, which would raise the total number of such jobs to 77,100. Explaining the driving factors behind the growth, the bureau states that “as ultrasound technology evolves, it will be used as a substitute for procedures that are costly, invasive or expose patients to radiation.” Sonographers typically need an associate’s degree, and many employers prefer candidates to have professional certification. The top 10 percent of sonographersmade more than $88,490 annually.
3. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
- Percent increase: 41.2 percent
- Total new jobs (2010–2020): 116,600
- Median income: $60,570
- States with the most jobs per capita: Delaware, Massachusetts, New York
Market research analysts work in most industries, monitoring and forecasting marketing and sales trends, as well as collecting and analyzing data on their companies’ products or services. To become a market research analyst, a bachelor’s degree is typically required, though many analysts have a master’s degree. Citing increases in the use of market research across all industries, the bureau projects the number of positions in the field will rise to almost 400,000 by 2020. Top-earning market research analysts made over $111,440 annually.
4. Physical therapists
- Percent increase: 39.0 percent
- Total new jobs (2010–2020): 77,400
- Median income: $76,310
- States with the most jobs per capita: Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine
Physical therapists assist patients by helping to address and correct dysfunctional movement and pain. They are required to have a postgraduate professional degree, typically a doctor of physical therapy, and a license. Those completing these prerequisites join one of the fastest-growing professions in the country — by 2020, the number of positions is expected to rise by 39 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that “demand for physical therapy services will come, in large part, from the aging baby boomers, who are staying active later in life than previous generations did.” The top 10 percent of physical therapists earned more than $107,920.
5. Dental hygienists
- Percent increase: 37.7 percent
- Total new jobs (2010–2020): 68,500
- Median income: $68,250
- States with the most jobs per capita: Michigan, Utah, Idaho
From 2010 to 2020, the number of dental hygienists is projected to rise by 37.7 percent to more than 250,000. Factors driving increased demand for this occupation include ongoing research linking oral health to general health, as well as an aging population keeping more of its teeth. Dental hygienists typically don’t need a professional degree or previous work experience, though they often need an associate’s degree and a license. Typical job responsibilities include cleaning teeth and taking dental X-rays….
Originally posted 2016-04-29 02:52:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter