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Seven In-Demand Healthcare Occupations of The Future

Aug. 28, 2017 at midnight

With the aging baby boomer demographic, growing access to health insurance, and recent breakthroughs in medical science, we can expect a substantial increase in the number of jobs in the healthcare system. According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost one million new jobs will become available in the next decade, thus registering a 21 percent growth.

But which—out of all these occupations—will be the most sought after? Here are our top seven picks:

1. Licensed Practical Nurse

While arguably not the most glamorous of jobs, nurses have been caring for patients since late medieval times, and they're not going anywhere. In fact, we need many more of them. As more people benefit from health insurance and the numbers of senior citizens continue to grow, more nurses are required to provide basic care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient clinics. They earn a median salary of 42,490 US dollars a year.

2. Optometrist

Perhaps it's because most of us stare at screens for the best part of the day, but optometry will register a 27 percent job growth in the coming decade. Optometrists can specialize in low vision rehabilitation, ocular diseases, as well as pediatric or geriatric optometry. Their annual median earnings are 101,410 US dollars.

3. Physical Therapist

We slouch at our desks for hours on end, put off going to the gym, and never seem to get enough rest. In the case of physically debilitating illnesses or even accidents, our vegetative state makes a recovery even more difficult. That's probably why we'll need about 34 percent more physical therapists by the end of the next decade. They make around 82,390 US dollars annually.

4. Genetic Counselor

As scientists delve deeper and deeper into the human genome, we're continually finding out more about our hereditary traits. Genetic counselors can assess risks related to genetic conditions. They're also there to provide support services to other healthcare professionals. They earn a median salary of 67,500 US dollars a year.

5. Prosthetist and Orthotist

Prosthetists and orthotists are specialists who design artificial limbs, braces, splints, and a number of other devices. The field of prosthetics has made groundbreaking progress over the last five years, as artificial limbs get closer and closer to the functionality of the real thing. These occupations have a median salary of 64,040 US dollars per year.

6. Nutritionist

Our lifestyle choices coupled with a stressful job environment can lead us toward the most unhealthy eating habits. As more people learn about the long term effects of what we put in our mouths, the more they look for professional guidance. The nutritionist occupation is predicted to register a 16 percent growth in the next ten years, while their average salary is 56,950 US dollars a year.

7. Medical Administrator

While following the rules of supply and demand, healthcare services will continue to evolve. More hospitals, more clinics, more personnel. It follows by implication that there must be someone who can organize and manage it all—and that someone is the medical administrator. This occupation has a median salary of 92,810 US dollars per year.


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