By Berry Craig, Building Kentucky
Impacts of Covid-19 will be felt for years to come – but perhaps in ways one might not expect. It’s no secret that healthcare workers have played a crucial role in keeping people healthy over the last 18 months and there’s an even greater need for healthcare workers than before the pandemic. Increases in needs for respiratory therapists, telehealth specialists and frontline workers mean that the demand for quality workers far exceeds the current supply. The fastest growing healthcare jobs include physical therapy assistants, home health and personal care aids and more.
Healthcare needs continue to grow
The pandemic has led to a massive need for front end employees that can provide quality help and care to aid physicians. Additionally, an aging population nationwide and a more careful focus on preventive care has increased the need for healthcare workers.
If you’re a person interested in being challenged and making a difference in the lives of your friends and your community, healthcare is the place for you. MedQuest College offers a handy guide with steps for helping you get a degree in healthcare.
Healthcare as an occupation is a safe bet
Health occupations are considered recession-proof. People will always have health needs – in good economies and in bad ones. According to CNBC and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employment is projected to grow 16% over the next decade and add about 2.6 million new jobs to the economy. If those numbers sound impressive – that’s for good reason. Healthcare jobs are expected to grow the fastest of any other field.
Of the top 11 fastest-growing healthcare jobs, MedQuest College can prepare you to succeed and offer a solid base for continuing education if you’re planning to work in the field and go back to school.
Top growing positions over the next decade include:
|Job position||Projected growth||Median pay|
|1. Nurse Practitioner||52%||$111,680|
|2. Occupational Therapy Assistants||36%||$62,940|
|3. Physical Therapy Assistants||35%||$59,770|
|4. Home Health/Personal Care Aides||33%||$27,080|
|5. Massage Therapists||32%||$43,620|
|6. Physician Assistants||31%||$115,390|
|7. Speech Language Pathologists||29%||$80,480|
|8. Genetic Counselors||26%||$85,700|
|9. Physical Therapist Aides||25%||$28,450|
|10. Athletic Trainers||23%||$49,860|
|11. Respiratory Therapists||23%||$62,810|
How can MedQuest College help?
Getting a degree isn’t easy – whether you’re a recent high school graduate or a non-traditional student working and wanting a change. Thankfully, you won’t be alone. MedQuest faculty want you to succeed, they’ll support you every step of the way and they’ll be there to celebrate each milestone.
Take Jasmine Mills, a Medical Assisting graduate, who wanted to get back into healthcare. After talking with an Admissions Advisor and taking a tour, “I felt the connection,” she said. “This is where I need to be.” Jasmine begins her degree in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma next year and she’ll be using her Medical Assisting diploma to gain real-world work experiences and build skills. Click here to hear more from Jasmine.
The career training programs offered by MedQuest College are designed to prepare students for successful careers in the healthcare field. With increases in technology and the need for qualified workers, it’s no surprise that the fastest-growing healthcare jobs are in demand and pay well.
MedQuest College offers six programs to help students find their career pathway in medicine. Practical nursing, dental assisting and medical assisting can be completed in less than a year and put graduates to work in medical settings in just a few months. Medical equipment repair, sonography and the veterinary technician program require more training and take two years to complete.
If you have questions or want more information about MedQuest faculty and staff, financial aid, career services for students or want general information, visit medquestcollege.edu.