There is no question that healthcare jobs are hot right now. Becker’s Hospital Review says hospitals will need to hire 1.1 million registered nurses by 2026 just to keep up with demand. Non-skilled positions such as material handlers, housekeeping, and other vital but lower-wage roles will need 10.7 million people to keep up with demand. From physical therapists to phlebotomists, there seems to be no end to the number of jobs we need to fill in the healthcare space. If you’re thinking about getting into the field, or if you’re an administrator trying to plan ahead, which jobs show the biggest growth? In this blog, we’ll break down the healthcare positions that are on the rise in 2022—and beyond.
Job 1: Nurse Practitioners
Becker’s reminds us that there is a serious primary care physician shortage. This necessitates the demand for physician extenders to carry the majority of primary care encounters. Nurse practitioners will experience a 52% increase in available jobs by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). These positions require a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, a program that generally takes about 32 months. However, these roles pay six figures (average salary $111,840) and many organizations today are offering incentives like loan forgiveness or signing bonuses to sweeten the deal. N.P.s carry a clinical caseload and do their part every day to help people making this an important job in the healthcare paradigm. They work in a variety of environments, from small independent practices to large healthcare settings, outpatient care centers and more.
Job 2: Physical Therapy Assistants
Physical therapy assistants work with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to provide orthopedic and rehabilitative care to patients. These patients typically suffer from injuries that reduce their mobility and limit their quality of life. These roles require only an associate degree, which can be completed in less than two years. Like N.P. roles, these positions are benefiting from signing bonuses and other perks to help sweeten the deal for new hires. These roles typically pay an average of nearly $60,000 annually and the demand is much higher than other types of jobs, with a projected growth of about 35% through 2030 according to the BLS.
Job 3: Medical Assistants
For people looking to get into the field of healthcare, you can earn an associate degree as a medical assistant (MAs) in about 16-months. The demand for these positions is projected to be about 18% through the year 2030. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) says hiring M.A.s is more difficult than ever, with 88% of healthcare providers saying they can’t find enough medical assistants to go around. This means these roles will continue to not only pay well but expect competitive sign-on bonuses and more to sweeten the employment contract. The current average salary for an M.A. in the U.S. is $17.17 per hour, or $35,720. The roles and responsibilities of these positions vary according to the employer. Generally, M.A.s handle clinical tasks such as patient vital signs as well as administrative functions. You’ll find these professionals all over the healthcare sector, too, so the choice of job environments is vast.
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