Health Care Jobs Continue to Top List of Fastest Growing Careers

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If you are thinking about a career in health care, there’s some good news – you are looking to work in one of the fastest growing fields in the country.

According to the latest data gathered by NBC News, health care is expected to remain one of the hottest industries for jobs over the next 10 years, and will be boosted by new technologies, innovations and treatments, as well as an aging population.Laurence Shatkin, a career researcher and author of “Best Jobs for the 21st Century,” told the news agency that experts expect the health care industry to create 28% of all new jobs in the U.S. over the next few years.

It’s the biggest industry we have and the fastest-growing, Shatkin added.And the latest jobs report backs up what those experts are predicting, with the health care sector adding approximately 16,700 new positions in August, which represents an increase of 17% of all new jobs in the U.S. last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), The Associated Press reports. The industry now employs more than 14 million people.

Those looking for a career in nursing are also on the right track, with demand for registered nurses expected to grow significantly through the end of the decade, by 26%. However, if you are not looking to work in a clinical atmosphere, but have business experience on your resume, you could transfer your skills into the one of many administrative jobs that are also expected to be created through 2020.

Shatlin said there will thousands of opportunities for health care sales, office management, bookkeeping, appointment makers and medical records and billing coders.The industry is just so big it creates a lot of peripheral jobs, he noted. “It affects the whole economy.”

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