Medical Careers Are a Healthy Option for Job Seekers

Lori Johnston | September 10, 2010

With all the headlines about health care reform, one group of people really stand to benefit: those considering entering the health care profession.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about one of every four new jobs created through 2018 in the U.S. will be in the health care and social assistance field. In addition to health care reform, you have aging baby boomers to thank.

Hot career lists often include not just one, but numerous medical jobs. As Eileen Habelow with Randstad, a global staffing and human resources consulting firm, told CNN Money earlier this year: “The move toward universal health care – adding 30 to 40 million people to the ranks of the insured – will give rise to even more jobs than we thought, in government and elsewhere.”

A variety of career options in health care don’t require spending years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend medical school. Instead, some entry-level jobs, such as medical billing and coding and patient care technician, could require only a few months of training and education to get land you a position in a hospital, doctor’s office, dental office or medical firm. Institutions such as Ultimate Medical Academy, which has locations in Tampa and Clearwater in Florida, offer the specialized training to help people get quickly into one of these fast-growing careers.

Which jobs have some of the highest growth potential?

Dental assistants are expected to be the one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S., from 2008-2018, with a projected 36 percent spike in jobs, according to government data. As in other areas of medicine, the focus on preventative care is attributing to the surge in jobs.

If the idea of being a medical assistant is appealing, you’re on a good path to another area where job growth is expected to be faster than average – 39 percent from 2008-2018.

When you’ve gotten a prescription filled recently, did you notice the demand for people working behind the pharmacy counter? The government projects a 25 percent increase in pharmacy technician jobs from 2008 to 2018.

These excellent job prospects can keep you focused when gaining the education and training to make a difference in the field of health care.

-Lori Johnston

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