Jobs in the medical field are rapidly growing in all areas as the “Baby Boomers” get older and require more care. Concerns about poor health trends, new diseases, and more has also sparked this increase. Regardless of one’s interests, medical jobs are available which should satisfy their desire to help others, to contribute meaningfully to the community, and to earn a solid living.
Medical Jobs: What’s Available
Medical jobs do not just include working as a nurse or as a physician. There is a wide range of other options available.
Nutritionists, for example, help people learn how to eat healthier whether they are working with diabetic patients to bring their disease under control or preparing menus for rehabilitation centers and hospitals. A bachelor’s degree is required for the job. The average salary is around $37,000 per year.
Medical laboratory technicians are also important medical jobs. These individuals usually take and prepare samples for lab tests, such as blood work. Becoming a technician only requires an associate’s degree which can be obtained from community colleges after only two years of study. The average salary is around $26,000. However, those individuals interesting in more advanced medical jobs may find this position to be a good starting point for the rest of their careers, particularly in nursing.
Medical transcription is a challenging behind-the-scenes job that requires difficult skills and careful precision. Schools for medical transcription are wide spread and are a good entry point into the medical field.
Medical Jobs: Where the Positions Will Be
Although all medical jobs will be in demand in just a few years, some will be in greater demand than others. These are the jobs which will see the highest increases in wages and benefits, such as tuition reimbursement, child care expenses, and more.
Almost 450,000 new registered nurses are expected to be needed in order to keep up with demand and with the retirement of currently working RNs. Almost 230,000 nurse’s aids and orderlies will be needed to meet the growing demands by that same time. Clerical positions that require medical coding training are also expected to grow, although with the advent of accountable care organizations there will be many changes in medical billing and coding practices.
Not all medical jobs are expected to grow that much, however. By 2010, only 11,000 dentists, 37,000 respiratory therapists, and 40,000 physical therapists will be needed. Of course, any increase is better than a decrease.
Changes in Medical Jobs
Although some medical jobs used to be considered primarily male occupations, more women are choosing to go into these fields. In fact, by 2010, 40% of all physicians in the United States will be women. One of the biggest growth areas for women has been the field of obstetrics and gynecology. In 1970, only 5% of medical jobs in this field were held by women. Today, that number is 70%.
Despite, overall increases, women still make up the minority in some areas, such as opthalmology and orthopedic surgery.