Medical jobs are almost always in demand, but these jobs are expected to grow the most in the ten-year period ending in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational projections report. Of the 30 fastest- growing careers on the list of occupations, six of them were in the healthcare field. Out of those six top healthcareers four of these programs are listed below. For more detailed information about each career, such as salary or educational requirements, click on the www.bls.gov link below.
1. Dental Assistants- Dental assistants do not require a college degree. Dental assistants held about 295,300 jobs in 2008. About 93 percent of all jobs for dental assistants were in offices of dentists. A small number of jobs were in the federal, state, and local governments or in offices of physicians. Dental assistants must work closely with, and under the supervision of, dentists.
2. Medical Assistants- Medical assisting is another health career that does not require a college degree, and it is second on the list with a projected growth of 33.9 percent from 2008-2018. Medical assistants assist nurses and doctors with basic tasks such as drawing blood, giving injections, taking the patient’s vital signs, prepping exam rooms, and assisting with minor procedures. While there are certification programs for medical assisting, most medical assistants are trained on the job.
3. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) & Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) LVN/LPN jobs come in at number five on the list due to a projected growth rate of 20.7 percent in the ten year period ending in 2018. Becoming an LPN or LVN doesn’t require as much college as becoming an RN. Therefore, the pay for LVNs & LPNs is typically less than that of RNs. LVNs and LPNs are a “step above” medical assistants in terms of pay grade and education level requirements, however.
4. Limited X-ray Technician Note: The following information is based on the full Radiologic Technologist Licensce. The Limited X-Ray Licensce is an 11 Month program that can get you back into a career with the prospect of further education. Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. With the increasing success of medical technologies in treating disease, diagnostic imaging will increasingly be needed to monitor progress of treatment. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure—such as CT, MR, and mammography—will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.