Health care jobs have a bright outlook. In fact, about 1 in every 4 new jobs added to the economy between 2014 and 2024 will be in health care fields, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
What’s behind this wave of growth? A couple of factors: The baby boom generation is aging and people are living longer, so there will be more older people who need health care services to remain healthy and active. Also, rates of chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity are growing, so more health care workers will be needed to help care for people with conditions like these. And because more people have health insurance due to federal health insurance reform, they’re also more likely to use health care services, increasing the demand for many kinds of health care workers.
Health care job opportunities are found across all education levels – from graduate degrees to just a high school diploma. However, wages are typically higher for those that need more education.
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Michael Wolf is chief of the Division of Occupational Employment Projections in the Bureau of Labor Statistics.