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Exciting News about Employment in the Healthcare Industry

Have you ever considered employment in the healthcare industry? Have you contemplated earning your online degree in a healthcare field and what it may do to jumpstart your career after graduation? Thanks to a 2012 Georgetown University report, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that a career in healthcare may be just what the doctor ordered.

What should you know about being employed in the healthcare field?

Job growth. According to the Georgetown report, “healthcare occupations will increase from 10.1 million to 13.1 million jobs[i]” during 2010 and 2020. But that’s not all. There will also be an average of 5.6 healthcare job vacancies during the same time period[ii]. Translation:  not only will “the demand for healthcare workers grow nearly twice as fast as the national economy[iii]” which means more jobs for people in healthcare fields, but there should also be plenty of empty employment slots, a.k.a. new jobs for people entering the field.

Job categories. There are four job categories outlined by the Georgetown report[iv]:

  • healthcare support*
  • doctors
  • nurses
  • allied healthcare**

* Healthcare support occupations might include massage therapists, medical or dental assistants, occupational therapy assistants, or veterinary assistants[v].

** Allied healthcare careers may encompass dietetics, respiratory therapy, athletic training, or diagnostic medical sonography[vi].

Pay. You shouldn’t have to worry too much about making ends meet if you decide to work in the healthcare industry because “only 20 percent of healthcare professional and technical occupations earn less than $38,000 per year, and almost 50 percent earn more than $60,000[vii].” Some of the occupations may require “modest postsecondary requirements [viii]” but, even so, the data is optimistic regarding pay in healthcare industries.

Education. What about educational demands? The Georgetown reports states that “demand for postsecondary education in healthcare professional and technical occupations is third highest after science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and education[ix].” So, if you want to have a career in the healthcare industry, you should look into which online healthcare degree programs are available to you and what ones best suit your needs.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Bachelor of Science in Health Studies-Health Communications

Master of Health Administration

Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration

Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner

Associate of Science in Health Information Technology

If the thought of working in the healthcare industry appeals to you and you would like more information about how you might earn your healthcare degree online, don’t wait. Contact for more details and find out how you could be matched with the right school for your educational needs!





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