Healthcare Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “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.” The increase of healthcare jobs is due to the aging population and federal health insurance reform, which that guarantees health care services to many individuals.

Median annual wage for Healthcare professionals, which includes registered nurse, physicians, surgeons and dental hygienists, was $63,420 in May 2016, and median wage for all occupations in our economy was $37,040 (Healthcare Occupations, BLS).

Median annual wage for Healthcare support occupations, including home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists, was $27,910 in May 2016, lower than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy. (Healthcare Occupations, BLS)


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Reg​​istered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patien​ts and their family members.

Bachelor's degree


EMT & Paramedic

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, perform​​ing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

Postsecondary nondegree award


Home Health Aide

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.​

No formal educational credential


Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered​ nurses a​​nd doctors.

Postsecondary nondegree award (Certificate)


Medical Assistant

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

Postsecondary nondegree award (Certificate)


Radiation Therapist

Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.

Associate’s Degree