More and a wider variety of healthcare jobs in the next 10 years
As 40 percent of our American society will be of retirement age by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our economy will see the smallest portion of Americans employed or looking for work since the mid- ‘70s. While these numbers point to slower economic growth, they’re also an indication of sky-rocketing job numbers for the healthcare industry.
“Elderly Boomers will need more health care, however. The health care and social assistance industry will grow an average 2.6% a year and comprise nearly a third of the 15.6 million U.S. job gains during the 10-year period, the BLS estimates,” according to an article in USA Today.
“Nearly half of the 30 fastest-growing occupations from 2012 to 2022 will be health care-related, BLS estimates. Among them: home health aides, physician assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dental hygienists.”
But as the amount of jobs increase as Baby Boomers age, so will the type of jobs and how healthcare is delivered, according to an article on Becker’s Hospital Review.
“Not only can this generation use technology, they want to, especially to keep themselves healthy and independent. Two-thirds (67 percent) of both baby boomer and GenX respondents said they would be willing to spend between $25 and $499 per month on technology if it would help keep them at home as they age, and 13 percent said they’d spend more than $500 per month for such technology.”
An article from NurseZone.com emphasizes how new technology will drive change in how we deliver healthcare to aging boomers.
“In previous generations, chronic illnesses were the ones that went undetected and eventually killed patients. Now we’ve got technology and medications that have permitted us to manage them and keep them functional much longer but we haven’t developed the delivery system to do that,” said Rick Wade, senior vice president of communications for the American Hospital Association.
“In order to improve healthcare delivery to address these chronic conditions, Wade explained that hospitals need to focus on forming community-based collaborations and strengthening outpatient services. He added that national attention must be placed on how health care is paid for, and that the boomer generation is the perfect group to advocate for change in this critical area.”