Top 10 Fastest Growing Healthcare Jobs

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Question: Which Healthcare occupations will be in demand for the next ten years?

Answer: If you choose a career in Healthcare, your employment will be virtually guaranteed.

Socio-economic and demographic factors, such as 80 million aging baby-boomers and their ongoing need for medical care will create a very bright outlook for all jobs in the Healthcare sector.

In the post we will discuss top ten fastest growing jobs in Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations group, which are projected to grow on average at 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, doubling an average growth for all other occupations (Credit: Careers).

Top 10 Fastest Growing Healthcare Jobs

(ranked in descending order by job growth percentage)

  1. Physician Assistants
  2. Nurse Practitioners
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Athletic Trainers
  6. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  7. Respiratory Therapists
  8. Orthotists and Prosthetists
  9. Audiologists
  10. Nurse Midwives

1. Physician Assistants

  • 2017 Median Salary = $104,860
  • Education: Master`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 37%

Job description: Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication.  To learn more: Occupational Handbook

2. Nurse Practitioners

  • 2017 Median Salary = $110,930
  • Education: Master`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 31%

Job Description: Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. To learn more: Occupational Handbook

3. Physical Therapists

  • 2017 Median Salary = $86,850
  • Education: Doctoral Degree
  • Job Growth = 28%

Job Description: Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury. To learn more read Occupational Handbook

4. Occupational Therapists

  • 2017 Median Salary = $83,200
  • Education: Master`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 24%

Job Description:  Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays. To learn more read Occupational Handbook

5. Athletic Trainers

  • 2017 Median Salary = $46,630
  • Education: Bachelor`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 23%

Job Description:  Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care. To learn more read Occupational Handbook

6. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

  • 2017 Median Salary = $65,620
  • Education: Associate`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 17%

Job Description:  Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. To learn more read: Occupational Handbook.

7. Respiratory Therapists

  • 2017 Median Salary = $59,710
  • Education: Associate`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 23%

Job Description:  Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment. To learn more read: Occupational Handbook.

8. Orthotists and Prosthetists

  • 2017 Median Salary = $66,240
  • Education: Master`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 22%

Job Description: Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions. To learn more read: Occupational Handbook.

9. Audiologists

  • 2017 Median Salary = $75,920
  • Education: Doctoral Degree
  • Job Growth = 21%

Job Description:  Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems. To learn more:  read the Occupational Handbook.

10. Nurse Midwives

  • 2017 Median Salary = $110,930
  • Education: Master`s Degree
  • Job Growth = 31%

Job Description: Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education. To learn more read: Occupational Handbook.

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