The Bureau of Labor Statistics website says that 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related.  Healthcare was one of the largest industries in 2008 and contributed to 14.3 million jobs for wage and salary employees.

The healthcare industry is made up of many different areas including:  hospitals, physician offices, home healthcare, and nursing facilitities.  The 14.3 million jobs in healthcare during 2008 were broken down to 40% of jobs were in hospitals, 21% were in nursing and residential care, and 16% in physician offices.

With the exception of some highly educated positions within the healthcare industry, most of the positions require less than 4 years of college.  Most of the technician positions require either an associate degree or certification.  The career guide states “47 percent of workers in nursing and residential care facilities have a high school diploma or less, as do 20 percent of workers in hospitals.”

Healthcare Outlook
So what’s the future in healthcare?  It’s mentioned that healthcare will produce 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018.  It’s estimate is to increase 22% through 2018, compared to 11% for other industries.

For more information on the healthcare industry visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  If you are interested in finding out more about specialized areas within the healthcare industry, you can click on one of the links listed below:
Dental Assistants
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Medical Assistants
Nursing and Psychiatric Aids
Registered Nurse

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