Health Care Jobs Top Future Employment Opportunity List
Health care jobs, especially in nursing, dominate the country's employment future in the next decade. NPR reports that "[m]ore than 3 million jobs in the health care industry will be created this decade, ranging from highly paid neurosurgeons to home health aids making barely above minimum wage. And more nursing jobs will be created in the next decade than in any other single profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nearly 600,000 new jobs for registered nurses will be created by 2018. You can get an entry-level registered nurse job with just three years of college. And [Roger Moncarz, who does employment projections for the Bureau of Labor Statistics] says the median wage for a registered nurse is $62,450, putting it among the highest wage-earning professions" (Keith, 1/6).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.