Rising Demand for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy and with the government on the verge of passing sweeping healthcare legislation it's about to get more crowded in the medical community.

If more people have health insurance then that means more people are going to be seeking care and more professionals will be needed to meet the needs of the people. We already know that there are about 216,000 unfilled jobs in nursing alone and heaven only knows how many in other medical fields. The rising demand for care coupled with the lack of workers is creating a confluence of events in the medical community that is sure to see tons of new jobs created and tons new jobs going unfilled.

The increase I'm talking about is projected to be about 25% over the next 10 years and you can bet that with those increases come mounds and mounds of work for people who are willing to work hard. Imagine the implications of getting on board now before all of the job-creation comes to roost. If you become a medical professional sooner rather than later you will be able to rise in the ranks and supervise all of the people who come in with the job influx that will hit with this new healthcare legislation and retirement of the "baby boomers".

Since we already have shortages many employers and educational institutions are offering incentives to get people in the door to fill these positions. There's state and federal assistance for people who work in underprivileged or inner-city areas, with high-risk patients, and who may not be able to afford to go to school.

Simply take a read of our medical job browser here at MedicalJobs.org and look at how many careers have "good" or "very good" prospects...it's pretty astounding!

Just to highlight a couple:

Dental Hygienists have such an easy time getting flexible hours and working at more than one office that they can move about, pretty much, as they please. This situation has arisen from the fact that the field of Dental Hygiene is grossly understaffed. Add to that the 30% growth that's projected in the next 10 years and we have a serious shortage on our hands.

Pharmacy Technicians work alongside licensed Pharmacists and account for more Pharmacy jobs than Pharmacists. You can be trained on the job to do this kind of work or you can take a short training course, but either way there are more jobs with the white lab coat than you thought. Since there are more Pharmacy Tech needs we have a massive "lack of hands on deck" in this field. It's true that some Pharmacies may only want to hire folks with prior training, but they cannot deny the shortage and this is a great time to get your foot in the door. (It's also a good time to get your foot in the door AND go to Pharmacy School!)

As I've been saying...go where the jobs are, go where the people are, and look for shortages in manpower and you might find a great way to jump over the moat as the drawbridge closes. You won't be a Knight in Shining Armor, but you will have a good job and promising future.

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  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
    Salary: $39,030
    Job Prospects: A-
    Education After HS: 1 years
    # Employed: 730,500
    Part Time: 18%
  • Registered Nurses
    Salary: $62,450
    Job Prospects: A+
    Education After HS: 2 years
    # Employed: 2,542,760
    Part Time: 21%
  • Dental Hygienists
    Salary: $66,570
    Job Prospects: A+
    Education After HS: 2 years
    # Employed: 173,090
    Part Time: 55%
  • Pharmacy Technicians
    Salary: $27,710
    Job Prospects: B
    Education After HS: 0.25 years
    # Employed: 324,110
    Part Time: 21%
  • Pharmacists
    Salary: $106,410
    Job Prospects: A+
    Education After HS: 8 years
    # Employed: 266,410
    Part Time: 16%

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