Stats and Facts about Medical Careers
Medical careers have never been in higher demand. With the aging population of baby boomers, and the changing political landscape, as well as increasing access to health insurance, all heath care providers, including nurses, physicians, OBGYNs, hospice care takers, anesthesiologists, dermatologists, and more, are in need.
Healthcare is the largest industry, showing the highest amount of growth of any other field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employing 14 million people in 2006, the healthcare industry is projected to add about three million more jobs by this year, 2016, according to the BLS.
While there are hundreds, if not thousands of different types of medical jobs, the infographic below gives an overview of the average annual salary, job ranking, number of jobs per field, and expected growth rate for physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, registered nurses, and physician’s assistants.
From the infographic, you can see that registered nurses make up the largest population of health care providers, while, predictably, physicians can expect the highest salary. Regardless of what healthcare field you are interested in, all health care fields are expecting a minimum of 14%, and up to 40% growth over the next 10 years.
Here is a breakdown of the information that is presented in the infographic:
• The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $62,610 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $36,200.
• Good jobs are those that pay well, challenge us, are a good match for our talents and skills, aren’t too stressful, offer room to advance and provide a satisfying work-life balance. Even though there is no one best job that suits each of us, U.S. News’ list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2016 are ranked according to their ability to offer this mix of qualities
• Medical jobs are in high demand as the growth rate due to the increased demand for healthcare services by the growing age population (including baby boomers) increases. There is also an increasing access to healthcare and emphasis on preventative care, leading to more healthcare jobs.
• Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations. This growth is expected due to an aging population and because federal health insurance reform should increase the number of individuals who have access to health insurance.
In health care, your job choices are endless and there are careers for those with varying levels of education ranging from a high school diploma to an associate’s, bachelor’s, masters, or professional degree. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of education or experience, you can find a career in medicine. If you need support in finding your next medical career contact firstname.lastname@example.org.