Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Answering the Need: Health Care Jobs to Boom in the Next Decade

The days of limited job opportunities are numbered for the health care industry, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report issued last week.  The report shows that health care— and the area of long term and post-acute care in particular—is one of the top five sectors flagged to grow steadily in the next decade.

This comes as welcomed news: Americans aged 65 years and older are expected to represent 19 percent of the population by 2030 – a jump from 12.4 percent in the year 2000, according to the Administration on Aging.  As more and more individuals age, the health care sector in turn will need more and more qualified professionals to provide quality care. Eight of the 22 major occupations that are anticipating expansions are in the field of health care, including:
  • Registered nurses
  • Personal Care aides
  • Home health aides
  • Nursing aides
  • Orderlies and attendants
  • Physical therapy aides 
  • Occupational therapy assistants 
  • Physical therapists
Check out AHCA/NCAL’s bookstore for more resources on developing your staffs' careers in the health care industry.

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