Now that you’ve graduated it’s time to start thinking about the next steps you’ll need to take to start a lucrative and rewarding career. Which career path is right for you? How can you maximize your education, gain valuable experience, and have a career that is challenging, rewarding, and pays well? You might consider a healthcare job related to the aging population in our country. Healthcare jobs that are focused on people 65 and older are on the rise and have steady job growth potential. An estimated 39 million Americans will be over 65 by the year 2050, and the number of people 85 and older is expected to more than double in the period, to more than 5% of the population. With people living longer, they will be seeking medical assistance, like in-home care and ambulatory services. Here are some reasons you might consider this career path:
Which career path is the right one?
The face of healthcare is changing rapidly. With more specialized services available in hospitals and clinics as well as the growing number of nursing and residential care facilities and home-centered programs, a degree in the medical field is more valuable and marketable than ever. Projections from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook forecast 3.2 million new jobs within existing health care job classifications between 2008 and 2018. Among those are a variety of home and personal care health care jobs geared for the elderly. Consider the following:
Personal and Home Health Care Aide
The AARP reports 90% of people 65 and older want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Increasingly people are considering outpatient care and health services that are based in their homes to allow them more comfort and control over their surroundings as they age. With this shift in the industry toward aging in place, home health, and personal care aides are two of the fastest-growing occupations in the country and are projected to continue their growth up to 70% by 2020. A degree in Health Home Care will give you a competitive edge on the job market and better placement by agencies who provide these in-home care specialists. Our program at MIPB gives you the training you’ll need on subjects like safety, infectious diseases, restorative care, vital signs, and more. Typically Home Health Care aides make annual salaries in the $20,000s and these workers often are paid hourly with flexible schedules or on an on-call basis.
Pharmacists play a key role in health care in the United States, especially with the aging population that relies more and more on medications to stay healthy. As one study indicates, 76% of people over 60 use more than 2 prescription drugs and 37% use more than 5. The demand for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will only increase as prescription drugs continue to be an important part of health in people’s advancing years. What’s more, in May 2016 more than 26.2 percent of pharmacists were 55 years or older, meaning many of them will be due to retire in the next decade or so leaving vacancies that will need to be filled by technicians ready to move up in their careers. Either in a hospital or a retail setting, as a Pharmacy Technician, you’ll measure, package, and fill prescriptions as well as interact with patients, pharmacists, and doctors.
In addition to physical therapy, more elderly patients are considering massage therapy as a way to keep their muscles supple and their joints mobile as they age. As a profession, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing in the nation, with a projected 23% boost by 2022. A massage certification as well as state and national licensing are required for this profession, and the investment is worth the payoff. With a steady client base, this job can be both lucrative and rewarding as you help people increase mobility, comfort, and overall quality of life.
The aging population in this country is encouraging new job openings and career possibilities. With the growing demand for specialization in healthcare professions, getting certified for these roles is advantageous for any job-seeker as the job market gets more competitive. Home Healthcare Aides, Pharmacy Technicians, and Physical and Massage Therapist certification can earn you top dollar in these respective fields while you help an older population transition into their advancing years with ease and grace.
At the Medical Institute of Palm Beach, we offer a variety of training programs that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to take your career to the next level. Check out our list of certifications online or give us a call direct (866) 317-7626. Our representatives can talk with you about our programs to help you determine which one is right for you!