US Department Of Labor Reports Dramatic Increases In Healthcare Jobs

The United States Department of Labor has released its projected job report through 2020, and is predicting nearly across-the-board increases in job openings for those working in nursing and allied healthcare.

The growth in both demand and pay is consistent with other predictions for the industry, including the US. News & World Report’s “Best Jobs of 2012“, which lists Occupational Therapist (10th), Physical Therapist (8th), Medical Assistant (4th), and Registered Nurse (1st) as a dominant on their Top 10 list.

More than ever, these positions in the USA provide opportunities for career growth and development, financial independence, and a high level of overall job satisfaction. If you’re considering crossing the pond to take advantage of the ongoing job surge that’s expected, here’s a breakdown of a few of the key job opportunities out there:

2010 Median Salary

2010 Median Pay/Hour

2010 Number Of Jobs

2020 Job Projection

% Expected Growth

Registered Nurse

$64,690
£41,417

$31.10
£19.91

2,737,400

3,449,300

26%

LPN/LVN

$40,380
£25,853

$19.42
£12.43

752,300

920,800

22%

Nursing Aide

$24,010
£15,372

$11.54
£7.39

1,505,300

1,807,300

20%

Occupational Therapist

$72,320
£46,303

$34.77
£22.26

108,800

145,200

33%

OT Assistant

$47,490
£30,405

$22.83
£14.62

36,000

50,800

41%

Physical Therapist

$76,310
£48,857

$36.69
£23.49

198,600

276,000

39%

PT Assistant

$37,710
£24,144

$18.13
£11.61

114,400

165,500

45%

Dollars to pounds conversions made on 6/26/2012

Of the occupations listed in the chart above, four of them (those four related to physical and occupational therapy), are among the top 20 fastest-growing careers across the board for the USA.

Total employment in the USA is expected to increase by approximately 14% by 2020, following a 2% decline in the previous decade. Of the service-providing industries, those working in healthcare and social assistance will benefit the most by far in changes in wages and salary, and will rise by 33% overall. 5.7 million new jobs will be created, representing 28% of all new jobs in the USA this decade.

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  1. these are quite encouraging figures..USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand are some of the major countries which would offer huge opportunities for nurses in the next decade or so..

  2. Hi Jaques,

    Wow! Growth in Healthcare – sounds too good to be true. Is this growth driven by the services provided for with insurance covered healthcare?

    Nigel

  3. Hi Nigel!

    The growth is coming from a number of factors:

    1. Our aging population means that more people are coming into long-term care just as many of our nurses are retiring. I believe the median age of nurses right now is 46.

    2. People are living longer, and are being sustained longer when they have a chronic disease, and are therefore in need of more long-term healthcare.

    3. US colleges can’t accept nearly enough of the qualified applicants. Even colleges that have nearly tripled their program find themselves overwhelmed by applications.

    The economy is poor right now, and people are working longer and avoiding healthcare. As the US economy improves and these workers wrap up their career, and when our healthcare reform kicks in in 2014, we’ll see an even greater demand.

  4. If health-care spending was already falling prior to the recession, the researchers say, that’s a sign that the effects of long-term industry trends are beginning to kick in. Some of these include the coming expiration of many prescription drug patents, changes in the way we get our health care delivered, and shifting patterns of employment among doctors.

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