Economic Outlook for Healthcare Professions
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the healthcare industry will grow by 25% between 2006 and 2016, adding 3 million new jobs.
Thirteen of the twenty fastest-growing occupations are healthcare related.
- Nearly 600,000 new registered nurse positions are projected to open by 2016.
|Table 3. Job Prospects for the Major Degrees Offered by JCHS:|
|Job Description||# of U.S. Jobs in 2008||Projected Growth by 2018||Median Earnings in May 2008||Degree Offered|
|Total U.S. Job Prospects:|
|Medical and health services managers||283,500||16%||$80,240||BS|
|Occupational Therapist Assistant||26,600||30%||$48,230||AS|
|Physical Therapist Assistant||63,800||33%||$46,140||AS|
|Athletic Trainers||16,300||37%||$39,640||BS (Health & Exercise)|
|Medical and Public Health Social Workers||138,700||22%||$45,650||BS (Health Psych)|
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists||172,400||12%||$53,500||BS (Biomed)|
|Virginia Job Prospects:|
|Medical and health services managers||5,426||21%||$92,987||BS|
|Occupational Therapist Assistant||668||41%||$55,563||AS|
|Physical Therapist Assistant||1,577||41%||$50,683||AS|
|Athletic Trainers||333||47%||$36,593||BS (Health & Exercise)|
|Medical and Public Health Social Workers||2,129||26%||$48,433||BS (Health Psych)|
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists||4,671||22%||$60,518||BS (Biomed)|
Source: U.S. information was compiled from Bureau of Labor Statistics data except where otherwise noted. Virginia information was compiled from Virginia Workforce Connection data except where otherwise noted. Information retrieved on 11/1/10