Best Healthcare Jobs
Today our focus on preventing disease, illness, and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. And as even our youngest baby boomers grow closer to age 50, the need to employ qualified healthcare personnel to both prevent and treat medical conditions intensifies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 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 healthcare support jobs. That's why for this year's list of Best Healthcare Jobs, we included the usual suspects, like nurses and physicians, but also a few unexpected picks, like diagnostic medical sonographer and veterinary tech. Read more on how we rank the best jobs.
There's an art to alleviating pain and stress using touch, and there's a need for more trained professionals with the ability to do just that. The BLS predicts the massage therapist profession will grow 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2020.
It might surprise you to learn that paramedics and emergency medical techs don’t make more money—only around $30,710 in 2011, the BLS estimates—considering they witness gruesome scenes and interact with people experiencing considerable emotional and physical trauma. Still, this occupation is one of our Best Jobs due to its favorable growth prospects (33.3 percent by 2020), and low unemployment rate.
Like a home health aide, a personal care aide helps clients bathe and dress. But they could also assist with light housekeeping, groceries, and errands.
In hospitals, long-term care facilities, and nursing homes, it's the nursing aides and assistants who help patients bathe, dress, and eat. There should be more than 300,000 new caregivers performing these essential tasks by 2020.