According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be about 28% new jobs created just in the health care and social assistance industry between 2010 and 2020. Due to the extended longevity and aging population the demand of health care professionals is on the rise. The 28% increase in new jobs means that there will be 5.7 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020.
Here is a list of some of the top medical and healthcare jobs that are currently available and which will be available in the coming years.
There are over 2.6 million registered nurses working in the United States alone. This is significantly more than any other medical and healthcare related jobs. However, in many parts of the United States there is a shortage of medical professionals and the demand for registered nurses is high. Just like there are different kinds of doctors, there are different kinds of registered nurses. Some specialize in a particular field whereas others stay in a more general practice. Some registered nurses might perform the same duties as medical assistants or LPNs which could include documenting patients’ medical histories and performing various diagnostic tests. The tasks performed by registered nurses will vary depending on the place they are working at. Around 60% of the nursing jobs available are in hospitals, while others could be at doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and at-home care for patients.
There is also a great demand for physical therapists. Physical therapists are involved with patients with disabling conditions like arthritis and the rehabilitation of accident victims. Physical therapists will work closely with the patient’s physician to identify the muscle system that has been impaired or injured. Physical therapists work with patients on low-impact exercises using special exercise equipment and builds them up, focusing on their injured muscles. Growth in the industry is expected and more physical therapists will be needed because of baby boomers. Physical therapist can improve the quality of life by helping the elderly stay healthy and independent. Physical therapists start their career as PT assistants and work their way up with practice, experience and a doctorate-level education.
A chiropractor works with those suffering from back and neck pain and is considered as alternative medicine. Though only special schools offer a doctorate-level program for chiropractors, yet a chiropractor will need to study many of the same subjects as a medical doctor like; physiology, anatomy, neurology, geriatrics and orthopedics. A chiropractor does not perform any surgery or prescribe medication, instead they use Electrotherapy and massage to relax the patient’s back muscles. About 44% of all chiropractors have their own independent practices. Currently, there are over 49,000 chiropractors in the United States and the profession is set to grow about 20% in the next 10 years.
Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old Chinese practice that has become quite popular all over the world. Though it is considered among the alternative medical careers, it has helped several thousands of patients manage chronic pain for hundreds of years. Acupuncturists could work alongside with chiropractors or physical therapists. Acupuncturists use between four to 20 needles that are inserted into the surface of the patient’s skin to cause energy to shift around and bring about proper balance in the body. There are about 49,000 acupuncturists currently practicing in the United States and in the next 10 years the profession is expected to grow 10%.
There is tremendous growth in the medical sector and that growth will create more job opportunities. These occupations will certainly be among fast growing.
Learn more about hiring with Simply Hired's health care trends.Robert Harris is a blogger and content writer for Jobs4Medical, a Medical Professional Recruitment Specialists in the Medical Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Sectors, enable employers and agencies to reach their target market.