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21 jun

5 Health Careers Experiencing Boom

JennaSmithThe entire healthcare industry and most associated businesses are constantly looking for new employees in order to fill long-standing vacancies. There are some positions within the medical field that are actually in much higher demand than some others. The demand for these types of professionals is expected to grow dramatically over the coming years. These jobs are also considered growing fields because there are already a high number of open positions available.

Registered Nurses

Registered nurses are trained medical professionals that assist doctors, provide independent care for patients and manage many different aspects of a hospital. A registered nurse must complete several years of schooling and clinical training in order to meet licensing requirements. Hundreds of thousands of nurses are expected to be needed in the coming decade and the current graduation rates for registered nurses falls very short of this figure.

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants assist doctors and nurses in performing a variety of medical and administrative tasks. This is a flexible position that can fill many different roles in a hospital or clinic. Medical assistant is an overlooked profession since students tend to gravitate to the better-known positions such as doctor or nurse. Medical assistants are currently in high demand and are projected to remain this way.

Pharmacy Technicians

A pharmacy technician assists pharmacists in a number of daily duties. This can include dispensing drugs, managing patients and performing administrative tasks. The demand for this position relates to the equivalent shortage of licensed pharmacists that exists. A pharmacy technician can help to mitigate this shortage by completing many of the tasks that a pharmacist might otherwise perform.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides are projected to be the fastest growing healthcare job over the next 10 years. These are people who work in a largely non-medical capacity taking care of the elderly and others who cannot live at home without some assistance. Aides can work directly for a client or can operate through a larger agency, care facility or hospital.


There has been a shortage of physicians and surgeons for some time. Medical students are either entering into peripheral fields or are becoming specialists instead. Past policies, new liability laws and other issues have kept the number of surgeons relatively low. Nearly three-quarters of all hospitals need more on-call surgeons. The demand for surgeons will only grow because almost one-third of the current workforce is due to retire in the next decade.

There will always be a certain number of jobs in the healthcare industry that are in more demand than others. The current shortages are at least partially caused by previous policies, changes in the workforce and the evolving demographics of the country. It could take years or decades to fill all of the positions in these growing fields.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on June 21st, 2012 in Uncategorized | No comments