The healthcare field has always been associated with job security and growth, but ever since the emergence of the COVID-19 global pandemic, demand for professionals in the healthcare field is higher than ever. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs*. In fact, healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any other occupation in the coming decade.
Which jobs within healthcare are growing the fastest? And which one is right for you? A recent article from Indeed listed the top 20 fastest-growing occupations within the healthcare industry**, and four of the top 20 are occupational programs that we offer here at Beckfield College. Let’s take a look at each one:
Medical assistants have a wide variety of clinical and administrative responsibilities. Depending on their employment location, they gather patient medical information and history, monitor their vital signs, record their findings, assist physicians with exams and schedule patient appointments. Medical assistants also file patient records and handle correspondence and schedule patient appointments. Medical assisting is a great way to have a career in healthcare that is dedicated to helping patients and you can work in a variety of medical settings.
The nursing field is always in search of compassionate, dependable people to take on the role of providing care to people in need. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are in high demand, but it takes special, caring individuals with sincere interest to help others to succeed in this position. LPNs work under the supervision of doctors or registered nurses (RNs) to provide care to patients including taking vitals, prepare and give injections, perform lab tests, and provide bedside care.
Massage therapists treat clients by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They help give relief from pain, rehabilitate injuries, improve poor circulation and teach relaxation techniques, as well as help reduce stress and aid in the overall wellness of their clients. They determine the treatment of a client by obtaining medical history and develop a course of action to aid in the healing of the injury or problem area based on the collected information.
Registered nurses are medical professionals who perform a wide variety of patient care. They monitor and record patient symptoms, maintain patient health records and administer medication and treatment based on their healthcare needs. Registered nurses also monitor any changes in patient symptoms, including side effects or reactions to medication or ongoing treatment. They consult with health care providers, update patient records, and educate patients and their patients’ families on disease and post-hospital treatment.
Choosing a career is a major decision that requires thought and planning. If you would like to work in a field that has higher-than-average projected career growth in the coming years, it is important to consider the wide variety of options that the healthcare industry offers and find one that is interesting to you. Whether you’re looking to start a new career or switch career paths, Beckfield College offers programs that hit the mark on some of the most in-demand positions in today’s specialized health care market.
Let one of our admissions representatives help you find the right employment path for you, and the education you’ll need to follow that path and get started on a rewarding career that offers you job security and professional growth while giving you a sense of personal fulfillment knowing that you are helping people and making a difference every single time you go to work. Click here or call 859.371-9393.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm
**Source: Indeeed.com https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/fastest-growing-healthcare-jobs