3 Fastest Growing Health Care Careers

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics is charged by the Federal Government to track trends and patterns of America’s economy.

Late last year, the BLS noted that, “employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 19 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.”

According to these experts, “Health care occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations. This growth is expected due to an aging population and because federal health insurance reform should increase the number of individuals who have access to health insurance.”

As reflected in the overall measure of growth for the health care support occupations, these career paths are expected to experience more robust growth relative to all occupations.

Some of them you may have not heard of, while others require specializations that will become more sought after as the demand for skills continues to grow.

Take a look:

Surgical technologist

Surgical technologists (ST), also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations.

STs set up OR equipment, sterilize, inventory and organize instruments, prepare solutions and medications, position and drape patients, ensure the sterility of the area immediately around the patient (the sterile field) and assists the surgeon in all aspects of the procedure.

Surgical tech jobs are projected to grow at a higher-than-average rate of 30 percent. To meet demand of the growth and in learning from the employers we partner, we recently introduced an associate’s degree program in surgical technology.

Respiratory therapist

Respiratory Therapists, also called RTs, provide care for patients with heart and lung problems. They often treat people who have asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and sleep apnea, but also those experiencing a heart attack or suffering a stroke.

Seventy-five percent of RTs work in acute care hospitals, while the remainder are employed by rehabilitation, long-term care and skilled nursing facilities.

Like STs, RTs have strong projected job growth and is ranked #25 in Best Health Care Jobs by U.S. News and World Report.

Physical therapist assistant

Physical therapist aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.

The BLS reports “employment of physical therapist assistants and aides is projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024.”

Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population and individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.

At Concorde, the first thing we find our students are interested in isn’t starting salary, it’s about helping other live better lives.

As you can see from this abbreviated list, opportunity awaits! Whether on you’ve always dreamed of a career in dental or an associate’s degree in nursing is you’re your style, there has never been a better time to explore a career in the health care field.

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