Health Care Careers Make Top Jobs List for 2018
Feb. 12, 2018
More good news for Concorde students, prospective Concorde students or those interested in health care professions. Thanks to increased demand for their services, health care professions dominate U.S. News & World Reports Best Jobs of 2018 list.
Indeed, health care professions accounted for 20 of the 25 top careers on the list.
Data for the list came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the federal Department of Labor. U.S. News ranks jobs according to several components, including median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth volume and 10-year growth percentage. Other factors include future job prospects, stress levels and work/life balance.
Here’s a closer look at what makes each of those occupations desirable.
No. 17 Dental Hygiene
Education is a big component of Dental Hygienists’ careers, according to the report. DHs spend ample time teaching patients about how to achieve and maintain good oral health through proper brushing and flossing. They also perform a bulk of the work during ordinary dental appointments. Hygienists listen to patient concerns, clean teeth, take X-rays and offer advice about the best products to use.
To enter the field, Dental Hygienists need associate degrees such as what is offered at Concorde. According to BLS data, demand for DHs is expected to increase 19.6 percent by 2026, adding 40,900 jobs.
No. 18 Registered Nurse – the hardest working of health care professionals
Nurses are among the hardest working of health care professionals. They communicate with patients about their needs and concerns, keep records and pass information to doctors. They take tests and monitor vital signs.
Nursing specialties include care for people with cancer, substance addiction and heart disease, plus women delivering babies.
Registered Nurses typically have either bachelor or associate degrees, plus licenses. According to BLS, demand for Registered Nurses is expected to increase 14.8 percent by 2026, adding 437,000 jobs.
No. 20 Physical Therapist Assistant
Helping someone regain the ability to walk or use her wrist or tie his shoes is the joy of working as a physical therapist assistant. These health care professionals provide support to and carry out the plans of physical therapists. They observe patients, guide them through exercises and techniques and educate them about how to improve their mobility.
This career requires an associate degree, such as what is offered at Concorde, and a license. According to BLS, demand for the job is expected to increase 31 percent by 2026, adding 27,200 jobs.
No. 21 Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Therapists (RT) treat patients who have trouble breathing. They care for people of all ages, including premature babies whose lungs haven’t developed and people suffering from diseases like asthma and emphysema. Some patients have chronic illnesses, while others are suffering from an emergency, like a heart attack or near-drowning. They use medications, ventilators and techniques such as chest physiotherapy, which helps drain mucus from the lungs.
Respiratory Therapists need at least an associate degree, such as what is offered at Concorde, plus a license. According to BLS, demand for RTs is expected to grow 23.4 percent by 2026, adding 30,400 jobs.