The Hottest Jobs in Healthcare Today
The healthcare industry is growing, and the demand for healthcare professionals is higher than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare careers are estimated to grow 16% across the entire industry, faster than the national average. The fast pace in which the industry is growing will add around 2.6 million new healthcare jobs between 2020 and 2030.
With the boost in healthcare employment, you have the advantage of choosing from various healthcare roles that best suit you and your current lifestyle. If you are considering a healthcare career, consider these top 5 hottest healthcare jobs. Once you know what role best suits you, check out our talent marketplace. SkillGigs has partnered with top employers to fill the roles mentioned below, or any other role you are interested in. Your next gig is in our marketplace!
Here are some of the fastest-growing healthcare jobs and the educational background you need to get started:
Nurse Practitioners (NP)
You must be a registered nurse to become an NP. You would need to complete your Master of Science in Nursing and then get your CNP, certified nurse practitioner license. As an NP you:
- Provide primary care to patients
- Perform physical exams and record any patient medical history
- Order and conduct diagnostic tests
- Develop patient treatment plans
- Prescribe and administer medications
- Evaluate the patient’s response to treatment plans, adjust if necessary
Keep in mind that nurse practitioners are the second fastest growing occupation in the nation, and U.S. News and World Report ranked nurse practitioners as No. 1 in a list of Best Healthcare Careers in 2022.
Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA)
OTAs play a critical role in assisting occupational therapists with patients and ensuring everything from treatment plans to other responsibilities operate smoothly. As an OTA, responsibilities vary from helping patients with:
- Recovery after therapy
- Keeping record of improvement
- Carry out and support routine checkups
- Give feedback in meetings to medical team on patient care plan
- Ensure medical equipment is working properly
- Keep up with supply inventory
According to BLS, the job outlook for OTAs is at a 36% increase from 2020-2030 and the average salary is $61,880 per year. To become an OTA, you must have an associate degree from an accredited occupational therapy program and pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
PTAs care for patients who have health conditions or injuries affecting their mobility. As a PTA, you help these patients live a much more active life, as much as possible. Other responsibilities include:
- Hands-on therapy
- Observe and document patient progress
- Implement treatment plans under the supervision of a PT (physical therapist)
You must obtain an associate degree from an accredited PTA program, typically can be completed in as little as 20 months. After, you must take the National Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE) in order to be a licensed PTA to work in the U.S.
Medical and Health Service Managers
Healthcare managers manage the day-to-day operations of a facility. Their job is to ensure the facility they manage runs smoothly and communication from department to department is seamless. Some of the responsibilities for healthcare managers are:
- Staying on top of industry changes
- Implementing those new changes and communicating them appropriately
- Direct, plan and coordinate new projects
Typically, most healthcare managers hold a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration while others have a Master of Science in healthcare administration. According to BLS, the job outlook for healthcare managers is at a 32% increase from 2020-2030 and the average salary is $115,160 per year. The salary does vary based on several factors such as education and experience, but this role could be a high paying one.
If you are seriously considering a healthcare profession but don’t know where to start, this could be the role for you. As a medical assistant you could get your feet wet, getting access to what it is like working in the medical field. The duties of a medical assistant vary from administrative to clinical tasks such as:
- Recording patient information
- Measuring vital signs
- Scheduling patient appointments
- Helping physicians with patient exams
To become a medical assistant, you need a college degree or an associate degree. According to BLS, the job outlook for medical assistants is at an 18% increase from 2020-2030 and the average salary is $35,720 per year.
Choose Your Healthcare Profession on Your Terms
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