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2015 Healthcare Jobs Outlook

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It’s the beginning of a new year and “best of” rankings are in full swing around the World Wide Web. This week, we looked at some of the top “best jobs” in healthcare lists to bring you an overview of the Best Healthcare Jobs of 2015!

Though there may be some discrepancies between which position claimed the top spot as the best career choice, it’s clear to see that healthcare jobs are once again dominating these lists. In U.S. News’ rankings, for example, almost half of the “The 25 Best Jobs of 2015” are in the healthcare industry, in various settings like hospitals, clinics, schools, government facilities, etc.

Forbes’ “The Best Healthcare Jobs In 2015″ touted working as a pharmacist as the best career choice in terms of having the highest median salary and non-harsh work conditions. U.S. News, on the other hand, ranked Dentist as the top health care job, followed by Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Dental Hygienist, and Physical Therapist, respectively. The following jobs also joined the top rankings this year (listed in no particular order):

  • Podiatrist
  • Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Dietitian and Nutritionist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Surgical Technologist

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that one in three jobs created between 2012 and 2022 will be in the healthcare and social assistance industry. It also projects a 36% job growth for physical therapists, making it the fastest-growing job this decade. And not only that, the increase in health insurance coverage among Americans means that facilities will need to add staff to meet the growing demands. The future is bright, especially for those who are planning to work or are already working in the healthcare sector.

If you’re already working in the healthcare industry, what’s your opinion on this upwards trend in job growth? Are you already seeing the effects of the healthcare industry’s growth in your facility? Please comment below with your thoughts!

Contributor Tera Rowland

Tera Rowland is the vice president of Soliant and has worked in the healthcare staffing industry for almost 20 years in public relations, social media, marketing and operations. In addition to Soliant, Tera worked at the Mayo Clinic as an internal communication manager and for the Children’s Miracle Network. She is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Staffing Association. Also, Tera has served on the board of directors for the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum as part of the communication committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Florida and has been published in the Huffington Post, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Traveler Magazine, and Scrubs Magazine. Make sure to read the rest of Tera's blogs!