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Top 10 In-Demand Healthcare Occupations

AllHealthcare.com and CareerVoyages.gov

The healthcare industry is one of the few career fields that, despite hard economic woes, is hiring at an alarming rate. Healthcare jobs are expected to grow faster than any other industry — roughly 22%, or 3.2 million new jobs, by 2018. As baby boomers age, and Generation X has children, healthcare professionals will become more in-demand than ever. What are the hottest healthcare fields, and who are hiring these much-needed professionals? Find out now.

#1 – Registered Nurse >>


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    daniellefitzsimons

    almost 3 years ago

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    I re-entered college at a private institute, 2 years ago in Medical Assisting and recently graduated less than a month ago. I maintained a 4.0 GPA each semester, also making the President's list each semester. I also was praised by the site I externed for and thought I was definitely going to land a position as a Medical Assistant at the site. I was given great reviews by the doctor I worked for as well as she told the Nurse Coordinator how wonderful, knowledgeable, and perfect for the position I was and unfortunately, there wasn't anything available at that particular site. I was told to go to their website and fill out an application as well as submit a copy of my resume. I immediately applied and still have yet to hear anything. I am very discouraged because many others of my graduating class, (without the skills and GPA), were hired at their sites and/or offered a position. I have been diligent in my search and wonder when it will be my turn to get that position I have worked so hard for the past 2 years. I also attended a career fair at my school before graduation, as part of a class I was taking, and received excellent reviews and evaluations from the employers as to which I interviewed. I am discouraged at this point because I have heard from other people currently in the health care field, that have stated, "you need to go back to school and get your nursing degree as a registered nurse." I was filled with dreams and thought the world was my oyster before I graduated. Now, I feel as though I made a mistake in attending the private institution with all to show for it is a very large student loan, an Associate's in Applied Science and major in Medical Assisting. I am scheduled to sit for the CMA this fall, will I have more opportunities to work then? I don't know what the future holds, I do know that I just need a break from an employer that is willing to hire me so I can show them how valuable of an asset I will be for their company. Of course, I have also come across many positions that require a minimum of 1year experience, which leaves me thinking to myself, "How can I get that 1 year experience if I can't get hired?" I am not going to give up though. I will continue to search and I know that the next employer that calls me for an interview will be glad that they called or emailed me. Sometimes I wish I had a crystal ball to tell be what to expect. If need be, I guess I will go back to school to get my degree as a Registered Nurse to which I had planned on anyway. To anyone reading this comment and you too are in the same position as I, do not give up. Keep applying, follow up with the places you applied (if you can) and attend those career fairs. Your break is coming and so is mine. Keep positive and I wish you luck :)

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    jeffsousa

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I started down the road to become a Phlebotomy Technician. I went to school passed with all A's, did my externship and recieved perfect rating. I became an Nationally Certified Phlebotomy technician through NCCT, and a Nationally Registered Phlebotomy Technician through AMT. Recieved my Certified Phlebotomy Technician license from State of California Department of Public Health, I also made sure I that I was BLS certified. When I started down this career changing path I researched the US Department of labor and was miss lead by their satistics saying that there would be a 20 % growth in this field . As of Febuary 2011 there was a 20% decline. I find that, yes there are jobs out there but as a recent grad ( 10 months ago) there are no jobs for us. The requirement that is the biggest problem is 1 year prior experience. How in the world can you get experience If no one will hire you because you have no experience. The biggest catch 22 I have ever incounted. I feel that schools that don't give you all the facts , true facts are to blame, I know that they are there to make money but the true fact is that you invest your time and money you are excited you passed all the exams you are ready to go to work and make a diffrence.OH wait a minute you have no practical working experience so you are not quaified. I find that this is not only true for newly graduated Phlebotomist but it is across the board with many health care workers. I wish the health care industry would wake up and realize that there are many many well qualified and motavated health care grads.just waiting to get a chance to shine. We don't bring baggage from another job of being over worked , underpaid , or burnout. We are new ;fresh and ready to provide the best patient care that we can!

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    senaples

    almost 3 years ago

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    what are some the best medical billing online courses and how much does it cost? I;d like to compare prices before makng a decision

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    jian0178

    almost 4 years ago

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    Stop saying "Nurses are in demand!" There is no nurse shortage right now!!!!

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    NursePVG

    about 4 years ago

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    @delpi98...Are you still stuck with PA vs NP argument? Maybe you should look into the scope of the practice and the need of the physician...NP and PA can work together and be cross trained...Both have their best (of their specialty) to offer and shouldn't be an issue...

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    mag_game6

    over 4 years ago

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    I'm suprise that Medical transcription is on the list. I have my degree and no one will hire me. Everyone wants at least 2 years experience but how do you get experience without a job. I apply anyway but am always told Sorry no experience no job. I haven't figured out how to get around this. Also, if you talk to some they say it is a dying fiend due to the ERMs that are becoming more abundent.

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    brisa2004

    almost 5 years ago

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    "Another addition to this list should be occupational therapist because there is always a need for OTs in a variety of fields: pediatrics/schools, physical disabilities, mental health, geriatrics and even in industrial consulting/ergonomics. OT operates on the basic philosophy that all people engage in daily activities (called occupations) that make them who they are and give them a sense of independence, such as getting dressed in the morning, eating, etc. When people suffer disease or trauma that interrupts their ability to complete occupations, OTs help them regain their functional capacity. The career requires a master's degree but offers you a lot of versatility in exploring different areas without going back to school. Look into OT as a possible career option--I'm sure glad I chose this field!"

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    keicy

    almost 5 years ago

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    why is it RN is in the top list? maybe in other country but here in the philippines there a lot of nurses who are still searching for jobs some of them try jobs that is not related on their field, some also became volunteer nurses which means they did not get pay for their jobs just to get some experiences.so how can we get the jobs in different countries if volunteer experiences does not considered as an experience.?...

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    poochie59

    almost 5 years ago

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    Due to mis- guidance and the previous insitution I attended, was more interested in putting a body in class. I obtained my Master's in Health Administration, now I am faced with going back to school so that I can obtain my BS with specialization in Health Information. Greed and personal concerns can due more harm than help.

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    No Longer Practicing

    almost 5 years ago

    jobs+average salaries+Gen. Dentist+22 Years exp.+implants+oral surgery+ endoProsthrtics-fixed and removable+simple and complex extaraction+20 years exp. orthopedic/orthodomtics+TMJ TX and therapy.

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    No Longer Practicing

    over 5 years ago

    it's good to know where to focus if you want to advance in this field...

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    Jst2beme

    over 5 years ago

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    Hey my name is Cj and I am 24 years old and need help bad. All I know is that I want to be a doctor,but since you can get any degree to apply to med school, I am confused. What's the best degree in the science field where I can get paid decent pay before I enter or (get accepted) into med school. I love science (chemistry , the most) so anything to do with science ., I am all for it! What about Pharmacy?

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    jdavenpo

    over 5 years ago

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    Hello,
    My name is Joanne and in addition to all those other positions above, the position of Medical Technologist is in extremely High Demand. How come this position has not been included? I myself am a Med Tech and have noticed that we are unable to find staffing because there is not enough advertisement and mention of the need for this job position. If it weren't for Medical Technologists, nurses and physicians would not have the test results for their patients in order to come up with a diagnosis. This is really sad.

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    ruselle

    over 5 years ago

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    how come medical technologist a.k.a. clinical lab scientist are ALWAYS not on the list for the in demand jobs?.. so sad... when will the time come that it will be us?.. maybe never.. =(

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    cwby

    over 5 years ago

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    If what I read is to be considered correct I believe that this is false because I am a medical assistant and also a medical biller and coder and can't find a job in the medical field because I am over 60 years old and have no experience in either field. I had and X-ray license but I let it laps because I couldn't find a job. No experience, No job.

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