A recent U.S. News & World Report shows that one of America’s best careers for 2013 and beyond is Healthcare. Millions of aging baby boomers will place a heightened demand on healthcare providers. According to their report, requirements to make healthcare more affordable will increase the range of opportunities for careers with fewer educational requirements (and more moderate pay), especially in the ever-growing field of physician assistants or physical therapist assistants. Some of the job titles listed in the health care field are:
X-ray technician; Veterinarian; Lab technician; Physical therapist; Occupational therapist; Registered Nurse; Physician Assistant; Optometrist; Physical therapist assistant; Dental hygienist; and School psychologist
CNBC joins in and reports when it comes to earning power, having a medical degree still pays off. The highest earning jobs were mostly in the health care field, ranging from surgeons to pediatriians, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Specialists earned the most with surgeons taking the lead spot with an average salary of $219,770 last year, the highest average salary in the country, according to the government data.
Following them were anesthesiologists, making an average of $211,750 last year; with oral and maxillofacial surgeons making $210,710; and orthodontists at $206,190.
Obstetricians and gynecologists were also in the top five, making an average of $204,470 in 2009.
Specialists could see a pay drop in the next couple of years as the health care reform bill, signed into law this year, begins to kick in, as the bill shifts pay from specialists to primary care to even out the differences.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also states the following:
- Ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related.
- Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population.
- Most workers have jobs that require less than 4 years of college education, but health diagnosing and treating practitioners are highly educated.
Marie Coppola March 2013