Wage Information (hourly)
- Home Health Aide $9.90
- CNA $11.01
- Pharmacy Technician $12.75
- Massage Therapist $15.66
- Phlebotomist $12.84
- EMT $13.82
- Medical Office Assistant $14.01
- Physician Practice-Based Medical Coder $14.15
Compared with all occupations across the economy, home health aides are expected to see the second-largest number of new jobs and experience the third-fastest rate of growth. Because home care is a cost-effective alternative to institutional care, and because many people prefer home care to long-term stays in healthcare facilities, hiring a home health aide will become an increasingly popular alternative. However, many individuals will still require treatment in healthcare facilities leading to approximately 276,000 new jobs for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants.
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase much faster than average with approximately 99,800 new job opportunities, particularly for those with formal training or certification. Development of new drug therapies, increased prescription drug coverage and greater numbers of middle-aged and elderly people who use more prescriptions drugs will spur this 31 percent increase in employment. As pharmacists become more involved in patient care, the role of pharmacy technicians will likely see continued expansion.
As more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy, employment of massage therapists is expected to increase by 19 percent from 2008 to 2018. Although older age groups are increasingly recognizing the benefits of massage therapy, such as increased energy levels and reduced health problems, the demand for massage therapy is presently greatest among young adults. While most massage therapists are self-employed, others are employed in personal care services establishments, the offices of physicians and chiropractors, fitness and recreational sports centers and hotels.
Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow faster than average, by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and technological advancement leading to the development of new types of tests. Most jobs will continue to be in hospitals, but employment will grow rapidly in other settings, such as medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and other ambulatory healthcare services.
Employment of emergency medical personnel, including EMTs, is expected to grow about as fast as average at a rate of 9 percent between 2008 and 2018. Growth is due largely in part to the increased number of medical emergencies more likely to be experienced by the aging population. In addition, greater specialization increases the likelihood of patients being transferred to hospitals best able to treat them. Most patients must be transferred by ambulance to ensure adequate care and monitoring during transit.
Employment of administrative assistants is expected to increase by 11 percent, with above average employment growth expected in the healthcare industry. Increasing office automation will provide significant opportunities for applicants with extensive knowledge of computer software applications. Health reform and the increasing use of electronic health records (EHR) will continue to support employment growth for health information technicians. As the population ages, the resulting increase in the number of physician visits, medical tests, treatments, and procedures is expected to provide employment growth at a rate that is much faster than average with very good job prospects. Physician-based coders report working in a variety of settings, including family practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery and obstetrics/gynecology.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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