When you think about careers with high job security, any position within healthcare is sure to top the list. With the healthcare industry on the rise, and medical advances that require new employees continually increasing, jobs in the healthcare field are being added at a much higher rate than that of the market average.
A list recently released by U.S. News & World Report revealed 2016’s best job rankings and positions, with many of the top spots being taken by careers in the healthcare industry. These rankings were determined by comparing median salary, employment rate, job prospects and growth, stress level, and work-life balance. Utilizing this list, we have put together the top three programs in the healthcare field.
” With demand for health care growing at a rate twice that of the national economy, the industry is on track to create 5.6 million new jobs by 2020, according to a new study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce.”
Topping the list of the best programs within the healthcare industry is orthodontics. Orthodontists are tasked with fixing irregular bites and re-aligning crooked teeth in order to provide patients with a beautiful and healthy smile. While this process is most often completed through braces, orthodontists must also utilize other types of equipment and methods for each unique situation.
In order to become an orthodontist, there will be quite a bit of school involved. It usually takes around 10 years total to become an orthodontist, with four of those years just for your bachelor’s degree. You must then take another four years in dental school, and two additional years in a post-doctoral program that is dedicated solely to the study of orthodontics. While this may seem overwhelming, the payoff is well worth the wait.
On average, orthodontists make around $200,000 a year, with a projected growth of 18% within the next eight years.
The second most beneficial program in the field of healthcare is dentistry. As opposed to orthodontists who specialize in fixing irregularities of teeth, dentists help maintain patients’ overall oral health. Dentists fill cavities, diagnose oral diseases, and extract teeth when needed. Dentists do not need to have as much schooling as orthodontists, but it still requires determination and dedication to complete the program.
Dental programs do not require a specific undergraduate degree in order to be considered. While some programs didn’t even require a bachelor’s degree, it is now becoming more of the expectation that you have completed a certified four-year program before you begin dental school. For most students, dental school takes an additional four years to complete. As stated in the report, the average salary for dentists in the United States is close to $170,000, with the projected job growth being 18% within the next decade.
The third program in the healthcare field with one of the top rankings is anesthesiology. While there are many different career paths within this field, one of the jobs with the best salary and overall growth is that of a nurse anesthetist. Nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia through intravenous (IV) drugs or inhaled gases, assisting doctors and comforting patients. This job requires a high level of education and attention to detail as administering anesthesia is a very complex process.
In order to become a nurse anesthetist, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing, receive your Registered Nurse licensure in the United States, have a minimum of one year of experience in a critical care setting (such as the ICU), and you must also complete both the accredited nurse anesthesia educational program and the national certification examination. On average, nurse anesthetist’s receive a yearly salary of $160,000, and the job has a projected growth rate of 19% in the next eight years.
The following are some good-paying healthcare jobs requiring only a bachelor’s degree:
- Clinical laboratory technician
- Medical and health services manager
- Medical technologist
- Mid-level office manager
- Recreational therapist
- Registered nurse
- Transplant coordinator