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38 of the 100 best jobs in the U.S. are in healthcare

  • Healthcare Alvernia

U.S. News & World Report recently conducted a study to rank the top 100 jobs in the United States for 2014, and 38 of them were in the healthcare industry.

Starting with rating the jobs based on their demand level, U.S. News also looked at the following components to rank each position.

• 10-Year Growth Volume (10 percent)
• 10-Year Growth Percentage (10 percent)
• Median Salary (30 percent)
• Job Prospects (20 percent)
• Employment Rate (20 percent)
• Stress Level (5 percent)
• Work-Life Balance (5 percent)

Below we’ve listed the top 10 healthcare jobs and some pertinent information about each. Click here to see the full list of best jobs.

Number 4: Nurse Practitioner

It’s a nurse practitioner’s array of capabilities, coupled with the fact they can work independently of physicians when treating patients, that makes our No. 2 Health Care Job an attractive career choice. The BLS predicts 37,100 new positions for these professionals between 2012 and 2022. Median salary: $89,960. Degree required: After a four-year degree, a student must complete a master’s degree program that trains nurse practitioners.

Current Opening: Reading Health System is seeking an experienced Nurse Practitioner to join our Trauma Services team.

Number 5: Pharmacist

Pharmacists mix technical, organizational and people skills in a customer service environment. Each day, more than 281,560 pharmacists dispense medicine and advice to patients at hospitals and retail chains. The profession is expected to grow 14.5 percent by 2022. Median salary: $114,950. Degree required: Pharm.D.

Current Opening: Reading Hospital — Pharmacy Resident – Pharmacy – Full Time

Number 6: Registered Nurse

Nursing is an indispensable profession in health care; one where workers are almost always needed. This year is no different, as the BLS anticipates 19.4 percent employment growth in this field between 2012 and 2022. Median salary: $65,470. Degree required: Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.

Current Opening: Pottstown Medical Center – Registered Nurse

Number 7: Physical Therapist

A physical therapist’s job description might include helping a paralytic regain mobility or a cancer survivor renew his or her strength. The profession is expected to grow 36 percent by 2022. Median salary: $79,860. Degree required: Physical therapists entering the profession need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed.

Current Opening: PA-Reading — St Joseph Med Center — Bern Campus – Physical Therapist

Number 8: Physician

Physicians are at the top of the health care food chain – it’s their responsibility to diagnose and treat patients, and instruct on proper diet, hygiene and disease prevention. Like other jobs in this industry, physicians will see abundant job growth. The BLS forecasts 123,300 new job openings for physicians from 2012 to 2022. Median salary: $191,520. Degree required: Physicians are required to obtain an undergraduate degree plus a medical degree from an accredited medical college or university.

Current Opening: A well-established and well-respected Health System in Berks County, PA, is seeking physicians to fill several positions.

Number 10: Dental Hygienist

In addition to cleaning teeth, dental hygienists educate patients on proper oral hygiene. Something else of note: They make yearly salaries of about $70,700, although most work part time. Expect 33.3 percent employment growth for this field from 2012 to 2022. Median salary: $70,210. Degree required: The majority of community college programs take at least two years to complete, with graduates receiving associate degrees.

Current Opening: Kutztown Dental Center – Dental Hygienist

Number 13: Physician Assistant

Working under the supervision of doctors, physician assistants interpret X-rays and blood tests, record patients’ progress, conduct routine exams and treat a range of ailments. When you couple growth projections for 33,300 new jobs with a razor-thin 1.2 percent unemployment rate – one of the lowest on our Best Jobs list overall – the job outlook for physician assistants is quite strong. Median salary: $90,930. Degree required: Physician assistants must complete an accredited educational program. These programs usually lead to a master’s degree. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.

Current Opening: Urology practice serving the Greater Berks County region is recruiting for a full time Physician Assistant to care for patients in its Wyomissing office.

Number 14: Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help patients with physical, mental and developmental disabilities to assimilate in society. It’s one of the occupations that’s on the rise, with 29 percent employment growth expected between 2012 and 2022. Median salary: $75,400. Degree required: Occupational therapists typically have a master’s degree in occupational therapy. All states require occupational therapists to be licensed or registered.

Current Opening: Occupational Therapist – OT Job in Reading, PA Area School System

Number 16: Phlebotomist

Anyone who chooses this field has to be comfortable with blood, needles, databases, test tubes and blood vials. Top-notch people skills don’t hurt, either. The BLS forecasts growth of 27,100 new positions for this occupation between 2012 and 2022. Median salary: $29,730. Degree required: A phlebotomy technician must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. with acceptable training.

Current Opening: Phlebotomy position in Pottstown, PA

Number 17: Physical Therapist Assistant

There’s a slightly lower education bar to enter this occupation than to become a physical therapist, but assistants do many of the same tasks, including monitoring therapeutic exercises, observing progress in a treatment plan and offering proper education for patients post treatment. Physical therapist assistants fell slightly from No. 15 to No. 17 this year, but this occupation is growing at break-neck speed: 41 percent between 2012 and 2022. Median salary: $52,160. Degree required: Most states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program. Physical therapist aides generally have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training.

Current Opening: Physical Therapy Assistant — Reading, PA

All job descriptions are taken from the U.S. News & World Report article.

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