Best Healthcare Careers
Health care is the hot-button issue on both the economic and jobs front, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) moving into implementation and expected to create a wide range of new jobs.
In fact, the health care industry has buoyed the U.S. job market for the past five years, and projections point to implementation of the ACA bolstering hiring for health care professionals even more in the very near future. California alone added 20, 000 new health care jobs through the summer of 2013 in a variety of positions.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies projects 31% growth in total U.S. health care employment in the next decade, which translates to roughly 4.6 million total jobs. And more insured people means an increase in the need for different kinds of services, ranging from direct care to research and maintenance of medical records.
For example, consider careers for medical record technicians. An increase in the number of people with health care coverage means more people accessing medical care, which in turn generates more records. A medical records technician is crucial for the day-to-day workflow within a practice.
The same is true for dental hygienists, says Ronda Avery, a dental hygienist with Connecticut East Dental in Vernon, Conn., who explains that her profession has benefitted from more clients becoming aware of the importance of dentistry to their overall health.
“People come in with knowledge now because of the internet, ” says Avery, who has worked as a dental hygienist for 24 years after discovering a love for the field as a teenager.
She says that technological advancements have made dentistry more efficient, and she’s also seen patients become more savvy.
“For example, expectant mothers are now aware bacteria in the mouth can have an adverse effect on their baby, " says Avery. "And cardiologists are doing a great job pointing out the correlation of gum disease to heart disease.”In part because of dentistry’s growing importance, dental hygienist ranks as one of our best jobs in health care. But it's just one of many top-rated health care jobs.
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