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Healthcare Job Outlook

As one of the largest industries in 2008, healthcare provided 14.3 million jobs for wage and salary workers. About 40 percent were in hospitals; another 21 percent were in nursing and residential care facilities; and 16 percent were in offices of physicians.

Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population. Ten of the twenty fastest growing occupations are related to healthcare. Many job openings should arise in all healthcare employment settings as a result of employment growth and the need to replace workers who retire or leave their jobs for other reasons.

Wage and salary employment in the healthcare industry is projected to increase 22 percent through 2018, compared with 11 percent for all industries combined (table 3). Employment growth is expected to account for about 22 percent of all wage and salary jobs added to the economy over the 2008-18 period. Projected rates of employment growth for the various segments of the industry range from 10 percent in hospitals, the largest and slowest growing industry segment, to 46 percent in the much smaller home healthcare services.

Audiologists
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians
Chiropractors
Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians
Counselors
Dental assistants
Dental hygienists
Dental laboratory technicians
Dentists
Diagnostic medical sonographers
Dietitians and nutritionists
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
Health Services Management
Medical assistants
Medical Scientists
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Medical transcriptionists
Nuclear medicine technologists
Occupational health and safety specialists
Occupational therapists
Opticians, dispensing
Optometrists
Pharmacists
Pharmacy aides
Pharmacy technicians
Physical therapists
Physician assistants
Physicians and surgeons
Podiatrists
Psychologists
Radiologic technologists and technicians
Recreational therapists
Registered nurses
Respiratory therapists
Social workers
Speech-language pathologists
Surgical technologists
Veterinarians
Veterinary technologists and technicians


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