According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is projected to generate roughly 28% of all new jobs created in the United States by 2020. In the 2010-20 projections, healthcare is expected to grow by 33%, or 5.7 million new jobs.
The growth of the healthcare industry, which is primarily made up of private and public hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services, is driven by the aging population and longer life expectancies, as well as new advancements in treatments and technologies.
In addition to an aging population that will require more medical care, the rising cost of healthcare is causing more medical tasks to be delegated in order to keep costs down. For instance, many of the tasks that traditionally have been performed by doctors, dentists, and nurses are now often performed by Medical Assistants, Dental Assistants, physician assistants, and physical therapist aids. Home health aids are also increasing in demand as many people are turning to home care as an alternative to expensive hospital stays.
If you’re interested in joining a growing field with an excellent occupational outlook, contact Arizona College to connect with an Admissions Representative and learn more about our allied health diploma and degree programs.