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.
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. The BLS predicts this occupation will grow by 48.8 percent between 2012 and 2022.
Marriage and family therapists face a tall order: play middleman between two people with a marriage on the rocks and take on the role of peacemaker. The BLS projects a 30.6 percent spike in the profession over the coming decade.
Yes, it’s the surgeon’s job to fix what’s wrong inside your body, but it’s the surgical technologist’s job to sterilize the tools the surgeon will use to do so. The BLS projects 29,300 new openings for this crucial job between 2012 and 2022.
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 312,000 new caregivers performing these essential tasks by 2022.
It might surprise you to learn that paramedics and emergency medical techs don’t make much money – only about $31,020 in 2012, the BLS estimates – considering they witness gruesome scenes and interact with people experiencing considerable emotional and physical trauma. Still, this occupation makes our list due to its favorable growth prospects (23.1 percent by 2022), and low unemployment rate.
Not only is the patient list broad, but so is the scope of work for a mental health counselor. Duties range from diagnosing disorders to coordinating care with other health professionals. The BLS expects this position to grow by 28.5 percent between 2012 and 2022.
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