Health Care Industry Keeps Shining Bright in Economy
The healthcare industry has remained solid and there’s no sign of a slowdown.
Trends in the aging U.S. population are expected to continue the demand for healthcare services and workers. The Affordable Care Act and advancements in medical care have also contributed to healthcare employment needs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare and social assistance sector is projected to add 5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Meanwhile, employment of physical therapists projected to grow 36 percent during the same time.
The healthcare environment has become more complex, driving the need for more staff at hospitals, outpatient clinics and nursing homes. The U.S. News Best Jobs of 2014 list features several healthcare jobs, including the addition of nurse practitioner and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurse. Other sources report growth in administrative, technical support, home health and preventative wellness positions.
Statistics also point to the growth in employment outside the hospital setting. Data from the Economic Modeling Specialists shows the healthcare sectors that experienced the most job growth from 2010 to 2013 included:
- Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities (70%)
- Miscellaneous ambulatory health care services (18%)
- Freestanding ambulatory surgical and emergency centers (17%)
- Outpatient care centers (14%)
As the above statistics illustrate, there are many healthcare jobs outside of the clinical setting. The Healthcare Science program at Alvernia prepares students for careers as health counselors or advocates, science and health writers, policy analysts, healthcare educators or healthcare managers.
As health care keeps moving forward, hiring managers will continue to search for professionals with the right education, experience and skills to help the industry thrive and meet further challenges. Alvernia is proud of the ways it is helping to prepare students for these much needed careers.