The 5 Hottest Jobs in Health Care

Due to a longer life expectancy and an overall growth in spending on health care in the U.S., it is not surprise that many of the best-paying and most stable jobs are in the health care industry. Health care jobs offer flexibility, opportunity for advancement, and a high level of job satisfaction. If you are considering a career move and are interested in a career in the health industry, read about these jobs which are all expected to grow by over 30% just in the next few years.

  • Pharmacist: Pharmacists prepare and distribute prescription medications. They advise patients on the drugs and help them avoid possibly dangerous interactions. Pharmacists need to hold at least a Bachelor’s in Science and must also pass their state’s licensing exam. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of pharmacists in 2008 was $104,260.
  • Physical Therapist: Physical therapists prevent and treat conditions that limit a person’s ability to move and function. Physical Therapists need need to complete a Master’s degree and must also pass their state’s licensing exam. In 2008, the average yearly salary for physical therapists was $74,410, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers: Mental health and substance abuse social workers evaluate and treat people with mental illnesses or substance abuse problems. Social workers need to hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, though some settings require a Master’s degree. Social workers earned an average income of $39,630 in 2008.
  • Registered Nurse: RNs provide patients with direct care and help doctors treat patients. They work with individuals and communities to prevent illness and improve health. RNs need to complete a two-year nursing program and pass a national licensing exam. Registered nurses working for hospitals in 2008 earned, on average, $66,490. Those working in nursing homes earned $58,360, and nurses working in doctors’ offices earned an average of $65,070.
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: LPNs assist RNs and doctors in a variety of health care settings such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. LPNs need to complete a one-year practical training program and be licensed by their state. The BLS estimates that LPNs earned an average yearly salary of $40,110 in 2008. 

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