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15 Hottest Healthcare Fields of 2009

Georgia Price / AllHealthcare

The healthcare industry is truly the place to be! There is a need for roughly 2 million healthcare professionals by 2016, and many occupations are predicted to grow by at least 27% over the coming years. What does this mean for you? Well, if you are looking to break into a healthcare field, now is the time. And if you are already here, you can rest assured that while other industries are laying off employees, healthcare is hiring.

You’ve probably heard about the nursing shortage that has plagued the US over the last two years, but did you know that there are dozens of other healthcare occupations that are facing the same problems? As the Baby Boomers age and Generation X begins to have children, the need for a large group of talented, diverse healthcare workers become ever-more important.

So what fields are expected to see a surge? You might be surprised. Niche occupations like Dietetic Technicians and Respiratory Therapists are one of the hottest places to be in 2009. Physician-extender occupations will also see increased demand because of a growing reliance on retail clinics staffed by Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Finally, the number of non-clinical and support careers are expected to multiply, fueled by an emphasis on public health and the emergence of new record-keeping systems.

     

Fitness Trainers

     

Dental Hygienists

     

Rehabilitation Counselors

     

Medical Social Workers

     

Medical Scientists

     

Physical Therapy Assistants

     

Health Educators

     

Dietetic Technicians

     

Medical Records & Health IT

     

Surgical Technologists

     

Primary Care Physicians

     

Physician Assistants

     

Nurse Practitioners

     

Respiratory Therapists

     

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