Best Health Care Jobs
Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. And as the youngest baby boomers celebrate their 50th birthdays this year, the need to employ qualified health care personnel to both prevent and treat medical conditions intensifies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs. That’s why for this year’s list of Best Health Care Jobs, we include usual suspects like nurses and physicians, but also a few unexpected picks like diagnostic medical sonographers and veterinary technicians. Read more on how we rank the best jobs.
Are you hoping to catch the “Outbreak” monkey? Consider this occupation, which should see employment swell by 13.1 percent before 2022. Epidemiologists investigate the causes of diseases and research ways to prevent them from spreading.
In this occupation, you can be a guiding light for individuals wanting to shelve an addictive, destructive lifestyle for one of normalcy. According to the BLS, the field will add 28,200 new positions by 2022, partly the result of a justice system increasingly turning toward treatment-oriented sentences rather than jail time.
The nature of this work means that licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses often have the most intimate, hands-on relationships with their patients. And new qualified personnel are almost always needed. Between 2012 and 2022, the BLS predicts there will be 182,900 new job openings popping up at a rate of nearly 25 percent.
Many medical assistants maintain office files as fluidly and meticulously as they can draw blood. These health care professionals mix administrative and clinical duties in hospitals and private practices each day, where they man front desks and sterilize equipment. Their profession is expected to expand 29 percent by 2022.
Here’s some simple math: More patients who qualify for health coverage + more professionals to provide that care = more medical equipment breaking down. If this math equation turns out to be true, medical equipment repairers should have outstanding employment growth between 2012 and 2022. The BLS projects more than 30 percent growth and 12,800 new positions.
Capturing a license in the trade may incorporate elements of biology and chemistry. But the key ingredient to helping patients is the ability to empathize with them. With more baby boomers needing care in the years ahead, the BLS predicts a 26.8 percent growth rate in this profession.
Medical secretaries become well-versed in insurance rules, billing practices and hospital procedures. The reward for their diligence is job security, as the BLS projects 36 percent employment growth for this profession in the next decade.
Technologists use X-ray, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging equipment to assist physicians with diagnosing patients. As with other health care posts, this one will also expand – 20.8 percent by 2022.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you know what this health care professional does, but in case you don’t: Opticians fit clients for the prescription eyewear they need to see properly. Their field is growing, with 15,800 new positions opening at a rate of 23.4 percent between 2012 and 2022.
These professionals are often the ones who help us into the dentist chair, sterilize equipment and assist during dental procedures. And their responsibilities are increasing as our population ages. There should be 74,400 new dental assistants by 2022.
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