We here at OJT.com are certified data junkies.
Where we spend an embarrassing number of hours reviewing reports, metrics, and spreadsheets. The science of data science is something we find fascinating.
But by no means are we eager to become data scientists. We’re just really intrigued by uncovering the stories and trends behind the data.
Then delivering that valuable information to the people who need it the most – the American worker and our on-the-job-training stakeholders.
Which is all part of our commitment to bridging the gap between career seekers and employers.
Helping to create sustainable career pathways that lead to long-term career success, enjoyment, and fulfillment. Which is the motivation behind our Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs series.
Over the past 3 weeks, we’ve brought you the Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs for High School Graduates, Top 10 Most In-Demand Manufacturing Jobs, and Top 10 Most In-Demand Construction Jobs.
Now this week, we’re proud to feature the fastest growing industry with the most in-demand jobs nationwide – healthcare. But before we get into our list of the Top 10 Most In-Demand Healthcare Jobs.
We’d like to issue a huge THANK YOU to all healthcare workers around the globe. But especially those on the frontlines here at home in America.
At a rate of 14%, healthcare occupations are projected to grow faster than any other occupational group.
This growth is largely stimulated by our aging population of baby boomers resulting in a greater demand for healthcare services. Specifically, among healthcare support occupations which account for 7 of the 10 slots on our list.
However, the three highest-paid most in-demand healthcare jobs are healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, which had a median annual wage of $68,190.
Healthcare support professionals are vastly underpaid for the value in which they provide to the economy.
Consider this, the top two fastest-growing and most in-demand healthcare jobs in the entire country are paid just over $24,000 per year.
Which is almost $16,000 below the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy – $39,810.
The most valuable workers in our economy, who are taking care of one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Should be paid according to the median annual wage for all occupations.
We at OJT.com are committed to bridging the gap between career seekers and employers from coast-to-coast.
So, we’ve curated a comprehensive list of the Top 10 Most In-Demand Healthcare Jobs. Accompanied by some quick facts, including employment projections through 2028, to help job seekers jump start their search.
TOP 10 MOST IN-DEMAND HEALTHCARE JOBS
Home Health Aides typically, only require a high school diploma or equivalent, and on-the-job-training. They help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or cognitive impairment by assisting in their daily living activities. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patients. Find Home Health Aide jobs near you!
Personal Care Aides typically, only require a high school diploma or equivalent, and on-the-job-training. They assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person’s home or in a care facility. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities. Find Personal Care Aide jobs near you!
Physician Assistants typically need a master’s degree from an accredited educational program. Which takes at least 2-years of postgraduate study. They practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They take and review patient’s medical histories, examine patients, diagnose patients, and treat patients. Prescribing medicine, educating patients, and providing counsel to patients and their families. Find a Physician Assistant job near you!
Physical Therapist Assistants all states require physical therapist assistants to have an associate’s degree from an accredited 2-year program. They observe patients before, during, and after therapy, documenting their status and reporting it to the physical therapist. They use a variety of equipment to help patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care. As well as educate patients and family members about what to do after treatment. Find a Physical Therapist Assistant job near you!
Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Practitioners are known as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN’s) and they must have a master’s degree in their specialty from an accredited educational program. Plus, they must be a licensed registered nurse in their state, pass a national certification exam, and have a stat APRN license. They coordinate patient care and may provide primary specialty healthcare. Prescribing medicine, ordering tests, and diagnosing health problems. They may also specialize in care for certain groups of women or patients with mental health disorders. Find Advanced Practice Registered Nurse jobs near you!
Phlebotomists typically, enter the occupation with a postsecondary certification from a phlebotomy program, which is available at community colleges. They draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions. Find a Phlebotomists job near you!
Medical Assistants traditionally, most have a postsecondary certification, but many enter the occupation with a combination of a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job-training. They complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by a physician. Find Medical Assistant jobs near you!
Physical Therapist Aides typically, only require a high school diploma or equivalent, and on-the-job-training. They clean and organize treatment areas, plus setup therapy equipment for physical therapists and assistants. They also complete clerical tasks, such as answering phones and scheduling patient appoints. Find Physical Therapist Aide jobs near you!
Respiratory Therapists typically need an associate’s degree but many have bachelor’s degrees in respiratory therapy. Licenses are required in all states except Alaska, and requirements vary by state. They assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate the equipment. Find Respiratory Therapist jobs near you!
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers require formal education such as an associate’s degree or postsecondary certificate, with many employers requiring a professional certification. They operate special imaging equipment that produces ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. Preparing and maintaining diagnostic imaging equipment and analyzing diagnostic information to provide a summary of findings for physicians. Find Diagnostic Medical Sonographer jobs near you!