Job Seekers May Need Additional Training to Find Work in Emerging Health Care Field

By Barbara Mason

Photo of four highly-trained health care workers.If you are a job seeker looking to transition into a new career field, you need to look at emerging industries that are expected to create the most jobs in the future.

According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data compiled by 24/7 Wall St., a change in population and advances in technology mean many jobs will become obsolete, while many more will be created in the medical field.

For candidates thinking about entering  emerging health care industries, you will have to reevaluate your education to make sure you have the right skills on your resume.


Engineering

Over the next 8 years, the number of biomedical jobs in the U.S. is expected to increase by a whopping 61.7% , which is more than 4 times the projected job growth of all other occupations.

To qualify for a job as a biomedical engineer, you need to have a strong background in biology, math, engineering or chemistry, as well as design and analysis. According to Boston University, the rapidly growing field also includes many areas of research such as drug delivery, medical imaging and biomechanics. Many workers with related undergraduate degrees can find work at biotechnology, pharmaceutical or medical device companies.

Diagnostics

If you are not prepared to go back to school to earn an advanced degree at this point, you may want to consider looking for work as a diagnostic medical sonographer, a position that most often requires an associate's degree or professional certification. Sonographers work in hospitals and other medical facilities that conduct ultrasounds and analyze the resulting images.

PT

The 24/7 report found that due to the growing number of aging baby boomers, there will be an increased need for physical therapists through the end of the decade. Physical therapists are required to have a postgraduate advanced degree on their resume, which is typically a doctor of physical therapy. However, you may want to consider working as a physical therapy assistant or aide since most states only require assistants to have an associate's degree from an accredited PT program.

Dental Hygienist

While many jobs in the health care field require advanced training, dental hygienists are not required to have a professional degree, although they most often will need to have an associate's degree and a license to practice. The profession is considered to be one of the fastest growing in the nation, with the BLS projecting  an increase of more than 37% by 2020 due to a growing demand for ongoing research linking oral hygiene to overall general health.

Research and marketing

If the idea of going to medical school for an advanced degree seems a little daunting, you may be able to transfer some of your skills into the marketing and research sector of the health care industry.

Market research analysts typically monitor industry trends and forecast marketing and sales numbers, as well as use market research to decipher data on their companies' services and products. Top earning market research analysts, who often have a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field, make an average annual salary of more than $111,400.

You may want to take an online aptitude test to determine which area of health care you may be best suited to work in.

Nursing

While nursing did not make 24/7's list of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the health care industry, the BLS still projects the employment rate for registered nurses to grow faster than the average of other occupations, by 26% through 2020, making it another good option as you consider your future in the medical field. 

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