The healthcare industry is often considered to be recession-proof, and therefore many unemployed workers are turning their focus to finding medical jobs
According to an article by U.S. News & World Report
, jobs in the healthcare industry
are often easier to get because they have a higher volume of openings when compared to other occupations. The industry also has a strong potential for continued growth in openings during the near future.
So what healthcare jobs should you aim for? Physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and registered nurses seem to be the safest bets. According to data from LinkUp, Indeed and Simply Hired, these positions have been more available than others in recent months. They also have easier training requirements and less turnover.
The need for physical therapists seems to be growing, and that occupation has a much lower unemployment rate than the national average. Openings for physical therapists were among the most available on job search sites during recent months. The only downside is that the job requires an advanced degree.
Next on the list is physical therapy assistants, who work under the oversight of a physical therapist. Although assistants can't open their own practice, the occupation has seen one of the biggest increases in openings from last year. These workers usually must complete a two-year associate's degree and earn a median salary of $42,000 per year.
Finally, registered nursing is one of the most promising occupations in the healthcare industry. In 2007, there were almost 2.5 million nurses and nursing is among the top five occupations projected to have the most openings through 2016. Registered nurses need an at least an associate's degree for most positions, but a bachelor's or master's degree is better.
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