Healthcare continues to offer excellent opportunities for job seekers, and not only positions that require a medical degree. Occupations that call for fewer years of study and offer more moderate salaries—like physical therapist assistant and lab technician—are also in demand. Many of the occupations on this list rank at the top of the Labor Department’s growth projections for 2008 to 2018, largely because millions of aging baby boomers will continue to place heightened demand on healthcare providers.
Additions to this year’s list include massage therapist and athletic trainer, both rooted in preventative medicine. Veterinarians are also very much in demand.
|Health Service Administration
Medical Billing and Coding
|Medical Billing & Coding:Over 500,000 doctors and surgeons practice the art of medicine in the USA; along with countless other medical and health care professionals who deliver patient care and services they all need to get paid. This is where medical billers and medical coders come into play. Medical billing and medical coding professionals are highly sought, if not essential, to physicians and other licensed health care practitioners, dental offices, pharmacies, nursing homes, medical care facilities, clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), health data organizations, cancer research centers, medical and clinical laboratories, and even insurance companies EVERYWHERE.Paralegal Job Outlook:
Ranked as one of the 20 best jobs in America by CNN.Money, opportunities in the paralegal field are plentiful. Factors contributing to growth in the paralegal field include job attrition and a healthy legal market. Due to rising legal fees, more clients are demanding the use of paralegals over high-priced attorneys when possible. Increasing case loads have encouraged lawyers to delegate tasks formerly reserved for attorneys and professional staff, creating more opportunities for paralegals.
|Early Childhood Education:
“An increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs will increase demand for these workers”- U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition: Child Care WorkersCareers in Early Childhood Education offer fulfilling experiences to work with children in the important growth years between birth and age eight. If you’re a caring individual, interested in fostering the emotional and intellectual growth of young children, a rewarding career in Early Childhood Education (ECE) could be an excellent career choice.Fitness and Health Trainer:
For the energetic, passionate, and health-conscious individual, a career assessment may lead them to any number of careers, and among them is the world of fitness instruction. As a fitness instructor, you will have the opportunity to share your love for health and wellness with others looking to achieve their fitness goals. Helping other people get healthy is a rewarding career in and of itself, but if you have a passion for fitness and the energy to inspire groups of students at a time, then a career as a fitness instructor may just be a perfect fit.
Becoming a personal fitness trainer is one of the few chances people have to turn something they love doing into their career. If working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something you already consider important, imagine how much more fulfilling it would be to help others achieve their goals! Personal training is the perfect career for someone who is motivated and loves motivating others.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics many states around the U.S. are adopting licensing regulations and standards for massage therapists, turning the field into a more respected and sought after area of expertise*.