Job Growth Projections in Healthcare

Lynn Wagner writing for the Provider, reported recently that long term and post acute care jobs  will rank among the nation’s top employment groups in the coming decade, according to an American Health Care Association (AHCA) analysis.

The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the health care and social assistance sector will gain the most  new jobs – 5.6 million, or more than a quarter of the total 20.5 million jobs that are expected to be created between 2010 and 2020.

The top four groups predicted to grow the most in that time are all in the health care field, according to an analysis of BLS data by AHCA’s Research Department. Furthermore, the eight occupational categories identified by BLS as either the largest or fastest growing are at the core of providing long term and post acute care services: registered nurses; personal care aids; home health aides; nurse assistants, orderlies and attendents; physical and occupational therapy assistants and aides and physical therapists.

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