Those who are looking to enter the healthcare field and are concerned about job stability may want to look into acquiring training in fields that are expected to create the most jobs in the coming years.
The International Business Times profiles several of these healthcare fields. Among them are physician assistants, who work under the supervision of a physician to take medical histories, examine and treat patients, interpret laboratory tests and even suggest diagnoses. They are distinct from medical assistants, which reportedly perform mostly routine, clerical functions, as physician assistants are formally trained in diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic healthcare services. Furthermore, these positions promise to offer job security and a considerable paycheck - positions for physician assistants are expected to grow 39 percent between 2008 and 2018, and the average annual salary of physician assistants in 2008 was $81,230.
In the same decade, dental assistant positions are expected to grow 36 percent. Though the wages are less lucrative - the average dental assistant made $32,380 in 2008 - they also require less training. An entry level dental assistant may not require formal certification, but those wishing to progress in their career have a variety of certifications that they can attain. Furthermore, the job - which involves a variety of patient care, laboratory and clerical duties - often allows for flexible fours or part-time work.
During the period between 2008 and 2018, demand for registered nurses will also spike, with a 22 percent growth in new positions. Registered nurses perform a variety of tasks depending on their employment setting, but most provide patient care, educate them about various medical conditions, maintain medical histories and provide diagnostic support. In 2008, the average annual salary for registered nurses was $62,450.
A recent report by the Altarum Institute’s Center for Studying Health Spending indicates that healthcare is a growing field, currently employing more than 10 percent of the labor force. While the researchers admit that the share of employment is not expected to grow as rapidly in coming years, certain positions, like those profiled by the International Business Times, are expected to add jobs through the rest of the decade.