There’s never been a better time to get a job in healthcare in the U.S.

Susanna Kahr

Have you always dreamed of working in healthcare? Well, there’s never been a better time to land that healthcare job. The healthcare industry is adding so many new jobs that it is projected to account for a third of all new employment in the U.S. by 2026 and there are jobs available across the board!

Health industry has exploded in the last two decades

There are a number of factors driving the increase in healthcare employment. Most notably the fact that America’s population is aging and the fact the spending in healthcare has increased dramatically. In fact, the Census Bureau projects that by 2035 there will be more Americans over 65 than under 18, and more than 20 percent of Americans will be of retirement age. The most obvious effect of this is that Americans will need more healthcare services and more healthcare staff. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why the healthcare sector was responsible for creating one in seven new jobs in the United States in 2018. But, did you know that the healthcare sector made history in the last quarter of 2018 and surpassed both manufacturing and retail, the two biggest employers of the 20th century, to become the largest source of jobs in the U.S? And, this trend looks set to continue with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting that over 2.4 million healthcare jobs will be added between 2016 and 2026! 

Every two years, the BLS publishes its 10-year occupational and industry projections for employment in the US and of the 10 jobs that the BLS projects will see the fastest percent growth in the next decade, five are in healthcare! According to the Bureau’s statistics, the two fastest-growing occupations in healthcare right now are personal-care aides (who perform non-medical duties for older people) and home-health aides, (who help the elderly with medical care). Both are projected to account for one in every 10 new jobs by 2026. 

Another factor driving the growth in healthcare employment is the increased demand for administrative jobs i.e. non physician roles and the number of administrative employees in the health industry has exploded in the last two decades! The majority of these jobs aren’t clinical or patient facing, like registered nurses or physicians. The great news is, these jobs will also continue to grow and so if non patient facing jobs appeal to you, check out our list of 10 healthcare jobs for people who don’t like people

Here are the 6 fastest growing jobs in the healthcare industry right now.

Home Health Aides/Personal Care Aides

Home health aides and personal care aide jobs are expected to grow by 41% by 2026. This is great news if you’re looking for a job in which you can help older people, people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or cognitive impairment and assist them in their daily living activities. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

We’ve found an open Senior Care Provider job at Care.com that you can apply for. Just make sure to check out the reviews left by former employees on our site before you apply. 

Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner

Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner roles are expected to grow by 39%. For this job, you’re expected to have a Master’s degree, and you’re responsible for coordinating patient care and working on a team of physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers, examining, diagnosing, and treating patients. You could even bring home an average salary of $101,480/year! 

“I am a physician assistant. I treat patients with workplace injuries…I like the people that I work with and the work that I am doing.” – anonymous employer review at Concentra Urgent Care

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapists have a projected job growth of 28%.They can work in healthcare facilities like clinics and hospitals or at home with their patients. As we said before, there is a real increased demand for healthcare jobs that can be done in both home and facility settings. To become a physical therapist you need a degree in physical therapy as you will be helping people who are injured or ill to improve their movement and decrease pain levels which is a vital part of the rehabilitation process for people with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. You could be looking at an average salary of $85,400! 

Alameda Health System are hiring physical therapists on entry staff level right now. Before handing in your application, make sure to read our article why you should start working there!

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work in healthcare facilities and in their communities. This job is expected to grow by 32% by 2026. Pharmacy technicians work alongside pharmacists and prepare and dispense prescription medications to patients or healthcare professionals. And there’s more great news, for this role, it’s enough to have a high school diploma and the average salary is $30,920 per year. What are you waiting for?

“I love everything about this job as Certified Pharmacy Technician.” – anonymous employer review at Genoa Pharmacy

Registered Nurse

There is a 22% job growth expected for registered nurses. This is hardly surprising as the RN job is really versatile. As an RN you could work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare, long term care facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, and even the military.

But wherever you work, you’re responsible for providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about health conditions, and offering advice and support to patients and their families. To start out on this career you will need either a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, an associate’s degree in Nursing, or in some states, a nursing diploma. The average paycheck is $68,450 per year.

Why not apply to be a Registered Nurse with Christus Health. You can read 245 reviews from former employees here on kununu! 

Surgical Technician

Surgical technicians are also known as operating room technicians and are the right hands of the surgeon. With advancements in surgical procedures, there are more operations being done now than in prior years and this looks set to continue, which is one reason why this job is projected to increase by 24%. Surgical technicians normally hold a postsecondary non-degree, an associate’s degree, or certificate and they spend their days and nights preparing operating rooms, arranging equipment, and helping the surgeon. If this sounds like the job for you, you could bring home $45,160 a year!

 

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If you need some assurances that working in healthcare is the right choice for you, then check out what the experts said about why you should work in this industry. And, if you need help finding an entry level position, have a look at this list of employers that are hiring entry level staff. Equally, if you’ve already landed a job in this growing industry then let us know what it’s been like for you. Tell us all about your employer in a review.  

 

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