If you’re looking for a career field to join, health care jobs are definitely booming. Currently 71 million baby boomers are continuing to retire which means more assistance is needed, and 24.3% of hospital jobs are left open. And, roughly 71 million baby boomers who turn 65 in the coming years have two more decades ahead of them.
So, who exactly are the baby boomers? Post WWII, between 1946 and 1964, approximately 79 million babies were born. On January 1, 2011, the very first baby boomers turned 65. There are over 9.8 million baby boomers in California, the largest grouping in any one states.
There are many health concerns for baby boomers. Baby boomers are more than twice as likely to have widespread obesity than their parents. Other illnesses to add along with obesity include, memory loss and dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and various other chronic conditions. These issues are 700% more likely than the previous generation. Baby boomers were the first weekend warriors of our time, and what they have to show for it are shoulder/elbow injuries, back injuries, and knee/ankle injuries. Ouch!
So, with the issues these baby boomers face, there will be more healthcare jobs that are needed to be filled by 2020. Physical therapists are one of the jobs in high demand. Boomers are staying active later in life than previous generations and will need the care of a therapist. Physical therapists require a doctoral or professional degree and make around $76,310 per year. Also needed will be physician assistants, (PA), due to matching the demand of those who work directly with an increasing number of patients. These professionals make around $86,410 a year.
More seniors means more people taking multiple medications, and more pharmacists are needed to provide medicine and counsel on medicinal safety. Pharmacists require a doctoral or professional degree and make around $111,570 a year. It’s also no surprise, with the progression of electronics, that hospitals are upgrading from paper charts to electronic records. So, needed for this job are medical record technicians. These technicians require post secondary non-degree awards and make around $32,350 a year. More jobs that will be opening up will be dietitian/nutritionist jobs and laboratory technologists.
Jobs are definitely booming due to the “boomers”. Act now, and you too can help assist in creating a more healthy generation.
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