Yesterday Kiplinger released its annual ranking of the best jobs for the future, and six of the top 10 occupations are in health care. This is encouraging news for health care workers and new entrants to the health care workforce. As baby boomers retire, their mass exodus from the labor market presents younger generations with greater employment opportunities.
The methodology looked at promising careers but it didn’t just take demand into the equation. Starting with a list of 784 popular occupations, the list was narrowed to 10 by focusing on fields that not only have been adding to their ranks over the past decade but also are projected to continue to expand well into the next decade. In addition to long-term trends, they favored jobs with strong hiring demand in recent months.
Pay was another important factor. All of the jobs on the list have annual salaries above the average occupation and in many cases the length of schooling required isn’t excessive as some require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Here are the health care careers that made the list.
- Speech Pathologist
- Registered Nurse
- Health Services Manager
- Medical Sonographer
- Physical Therapist
- Nurse Practitioner