Top Five Healthcare Careers

Want to enter an in-demand health care field where you could really play a hands-on role in helping patients. Check out these hot health care careers that are projected to grow at a rapid rate through 2020.

Ready to put your helpful nature to use in the largest health care field? Look into prepping to pursue a career in health care sector, you could work closely with patients by providing care, education, and emotional support. You might give patients medicines and treatments, observe their conditions, or perform diagnostic tests, says the U.S. Department of Labor.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the health care and social assistance industry should create 28 percent of all new jobs between 2010 and 2020. And when it comes to the industry itself, heath care is expected to increase by 33 percent (that's 5.7 million jobs!) between 2010 and 2020.

We have listed top 5 hot health career choices, all projected increases in jobs are for the 10-year period 2010-2020.

Career #1
Registered Nurse:
The Department of Labor says 600,000 more new nurses will find jobs, as "technological advancements in patient care and a growing interest in preventative health measures" accelerate the need for the profession.

Career #2
Dental Assistant
: More than 100,000 new jobs are expected.

Career #3
: Because of the growing number of elderly, who may need more prescription drugs, look for 93,000 new pharmacy technicians.

Career #4
Medical Records Technician:
The increased amount of "tests, treatments and medical procedures" should create more than 35,000 new medical records technician opportunities.

Career #
Medical Transcriptionist: Many medical transcriptionists work at hospitals, but the need is growing for medical transcriptionists to edit speech recognition system transcripts. Expect about 12,000 new jobs here.

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