The world moves fast. Careers opportunities evolve or sometimes disappear. However, healthcare is an industry that won’t likely go away or become completely automated. The medical field relies on face-to-face interaction and support. Some things you can can’t replace with machines or ship overseas. If you’re considering a move into the healthcare field or a change of job within the field, take a look at this list. Here are some of the fastest growing jobs in healthcare, in no particular order.
People live longer and many prefer not to leave their home. Yet their abilities and needs vary widely. For example, some require partial care once or twice a week. Others need full-time care. With advances in surgical technology, patients spend less time in the hospital recovering. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a 41% growth rate through 2026, and U.S. News ranks the occupation as the tenth best in the healthcare industry.
Surgery success becomes more common, and the physical therapy afterward requires more physical therapists to train the bodies to heal. BLS reports that from 2016 to 2026, the occupation is expected to grow 28%. That rate is similar to what Monster finds in 2017, with 27%. Similarly, PT assistants are expected to grow at a rate of 30%.
In efforts to coordinate integrative healthcare programs, medical centers require more administrative staff. As a result, assistants, coordinators, and managers are in demand in an effort to make the patient’s experience and health the utmost concern. BLS expects medical and healthcare services managers to show 20% growth from 2016 to 2026.
Public and Community Health
With the spread of viruses and illnesses, the field of public health is growing exponentially and becoming more important. The growth rate over the next eight years is expected to be about 16%, according to BLS. However, with new outbreaks since their 2016 data, that number could trend higher.
Emergency Medical Services
An aging population and closing of medical facilities in rural areas make EMS more important than ever. EMS workers’ teamwork and extensive reach make them highly valuable. Therefore paramedics ranked 23 in U.S. News’ 25 best healthcare support jobs with a low unemployment rate. BLS predicts the EMT and paramedic occupations will grow at 15% from 2016 to 2026. Ambulance drivers and attendants can expect an even higher rate of 22%.
With an extremely low unemployment rate, Dental Hygienists are expected to grow as an occupation by 20%, according to BLS. That’s why they rank as U.S. News’ 2018 best job in healthcare support. Accordingly, Monster reports a 30% growth in 2017. So it’s definitely one of the fastest growing jobs in healthcare!
Veterinarian and Veterinary Technologist/Technician
Many people are prioritizing respect and care for their pets. Some consider them surrogate children. That’s why the veterinary field is on the rise. Technicians and Technologists, who can administer basic care for animals, feel the most demand, according to Monster, with 41% growth in 2017. Veterinarians experienced a 33% growth rate in 2017. BLS expects a growth rate of 19% for veterinary services, from 2016 to 2026.
Healthcare isn’t slowing down, and neither are the people the field serves…even at 90! It’s one of the most promising and stable fields right now, and the growth in certain occupations, including EMS, rises above that standard.