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Top 10 In-Demand Healthcare Occupations

Top 10 In-Demand Healthcare Occupations

Georgia Price 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 24% by 2016. 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

#2 – Home Health Aide

#3 – Medical Assistant

#4 – Pharmacy Technician

#5 – Medical Secretary

#6 – Dental Assistant

#7 – Healthcare Administrator

#8 – Medical Records and Health Information Technician

#9 – Physical Therapist

#10 – EMT and Paramedic


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    zozosdaddy

    about 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Anyway! I have been down the CNA road. Been there done that and moved on. Yes it helps to have the experence and the feeling of going to work without a place to park and bark orders. Its one thing to know how to drive a car, but when it stops working , knowing how to get it back on the road again is a far greater skill.

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    maggie07

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have worked as a CNA for the last few years and zozosdaddy maybe you should pay more attention to what the CNA's are doing. It is a bit more involved than just a skill to be a mother for a child. Nursing school may cost more than a CNA but, we do a heck of a lot to cover your butts too! and to kingsspot1 not sure where you are from but my classes for CNA school were no where close to $400. It would have been pretty nice to only have to pay that amount and only go one week! Not all nurses have the experience that some CNA's have just because they have paid more money for schooling doesn't mean they are worth a heck!

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    panamagrama

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Kentucky Nurse!!! I had an LVN (that's Texan for LPN) tell me she was as much a nurse as I and was just as knowledgable. I asked her to put her money where her mouth was and go to school, get a degree and prove it. Well, she did. I am proud of her. I am also proud that she came back to me and apologized for "not knowing what I didn't know." There is a reason for the extra education and sometimes a doctor would much rather have an RN with a clue than and LPN that doesn't have the learned knowledge of Chemistry, Microbiology and the higher level maths. It's not so much the knowledge but the training of the brain to process more complex problems that makes the better nurse.

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    aichausa

    about 5 years ago

    98 comments

    To gain exceptional experience as an RN, employers look for much patient care experience. I've spoken with a plethora of professionals in this industry and EMTs, CNAs, phlebotomists make the best RNs ~ hands down. It just doesn't cut it when you walk into an RN program, walk out of it with only theory and expect high pay, phone call after phone call from employers/agencies with top positions. You HAVE to have patient care experience ~ PERIOD!!!! If you don't have bedside manner and ACTUAL care/heart for the patient, how are you going to be a good RN???? Really, it's not rocket science. This is the reason for the thorough screening at all of these programs across the country. Directors have an eye to spot the BSers from the ones who are sincere/natural. Fortunately, I am a natural. Many have told me that I was made for this industry and I have never gone into it saying, "Wow! You can make a lot of money in this field". No, you cannot. CNAs make $8/hr in Idaho. They make $15/hr in the DC area. You cannot make a living in those places AND go to school in the RN program and come out wealthy. It just doesn't happen that way. Once you do become a RN, you're competing with other RNs who may or may not have the knack for the industry. It's just that simple.
    So, if you have the talent to be a nurse, i.e. CNA, LPN, RN, etc, then by all means...apply! If you don't, stay away and find work with that business admin degree you've had for the last 15 yrs. Eventually, you'll get hired by some manufacturing company once the economy evens out.

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    kayjoneslpn

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    A note to "IRN" -- You're correct that it is experienced RNs that are in demand. How do you get there? (You may not like the answer) You would gain an enormous amount of experience working the floors at rehab centers and nursing homes. You will get exp. in all types of conditions, and wound care, etc... And you may have to start as a "contingent" if there are no openings for regular fulltime. But as a contingent you will be heavily relied upon, and the first one considered when an opening comes available. --Kay, RN - new nurse with lots of experience. :)

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    IRN

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm a new grad RN with BSN degree. The nursing shortage doesn't exist! I have been looking for a job for 4 month by now. THERE ARE NO OPENINGS or very a very few openings with a lot of candidates applying for a job. So before anyone says nursing is in demand consider this: experienced nursing is in demand, but how do you get there if you can't find a job as a new grad?

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    Kentucky_Nurse1984

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    zozosdaddy I take it that you are an R.N. My opinion is that an L.P.N. should get close to what an R.N. get's paid. An L.P.N. is trained and taught as "Hands-On- Nurses" and an R.N. is "Book Trained Nurses." They know more about what is in the Nursing Books then about "hands on care" and God help us all if they are given a problem with the care of a patient because the 1st thing they do is go get an L.P.N. and ask "What should I do?" Why should an R.N. get paid as much as they do when most sit on their behind and tell the other workers what to do? If you want to be a Boss go to a Factory but if you want to be a good Nurse get up and help. If something happenes to the patient the blame is pushed on to the L.P.N. and the R.N. get's a smack on the hands and the L.P.N. just lost their job. Now wait all you R.N.'s out there, don't get your tail-feathers in a wad because I'm an R.N. too but I was also an L.P.N. 1st. So I know what it takes to be a good Nurse. Help everybody and do the job right and learn as you go and believe me you will have the best Staff that you could ever want.

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    kingsspot1

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    "Where does LPN's fit in here???"

    They are nurses.

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    msellie55

    about 5 years ago

    376 comments

    Where does LPN'S fit in here???

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    zozosdaddy

    about 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Why is it that CNA's And Home health aids make such little money when they are the ones one on one with the patients.

    What are the costs involved in becoming a CNA , compared to that of an RN? Answer , a very large difference. Some one could become a CNA in a few week's! Yes its one on one and most of the skills are that of any mother of a young child, I do believe CNA's should make a better wage than most are presently being paid , but they cant hold a candle to the RN.

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    kingsspot1

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    CNAs and HHA aren't trained to do chores such as the daily assessments, monitor critical vital signs and Nursing Interventions. Nurses are being paid for all the time and money we put forth to go to school as well. Some school loans are as much as $60k to go to nursing school vs. the $400 and 1 week investment for CNA. The nurses are the ones with experience and knowledge, with their degree to back them up, thus they get paid accordingly. (nm)

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    Equinox

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    Athena,

    Because our culture values education over work.

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    Athena74

    about 5 years ago

    16 comments

    That may have some truth to it both will be liable. wether you have a degree or not you still have to pay for schooling in becoming a CNA or a HHA. So it should'nt matter what type of degree you have if you have the experience and the knowledge in the area you are working in you should get the pay and that is what I think.

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    jaysonc72

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    that may be true but when you pay for your degree you tend to get more money in return. another reason would be that the CNA may be one on one but the RN is the one that would lose their license if the Pt. were harmed.

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    Athena74

    about 5 years ago

    16 comments

    Why is it that CNA's And Home health aids make such little money when they are the ones one on one with the patients.

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