Healthcare Jobs with a Lot of Growth Potential in 2021
Specially written for madsourcer.com by Elle Harvey (Our guest author for February 2021)
The pandemic has caused a complete shake-up in our daily routines. Schools and businesses have had to shift to remote work in order to curb the spread of the virus. Additionally, there have been many changes in employment trends, with laid-off employees retraining themselves to find new work.
The pandemic has highlighted the essential sectors which society relies on to keep functioning. Among them is the healthcare industry, which is expected to grow even further amid the health crisis. In fact, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) estimates a growth of 15% in healthcare employment from 2019 to 2029 — a rate much faster compared to other industries. This is partially driven by the relentless surge of COVID-19 cases, as well as an overtaxed healthcare system.
Given this sustained demand, we’ve listed a few healthcare jobs that hold a lot of potential for growth this year.
In January 2021, the US exceeded 20 million recorded COVID-19 cases. The most severe ones have had to be intubated in intensive care units, assisted by mechanical ventilators, which can cause speech impairment and vocal cord damage with prolonged use. As such, they will need the help of speech-language pathologists to rehabilitate.
Speech-language pathologists have an annual median salary of $79,120. They diagnose and treat swallowing and communication disorders in both children and adults. These services are invaluable for critically ill patients who want to restore their speech function to pre-COVID levels.
The health crisis has also exposed the gaps in our healthcare system, showing how ill-prepared we are — in terms of both equipment and skilled labor — to respond to a global pandemic. As a result, those pursuing nursing careers are needed now more than ever. Contrary to popular belief, nurses do more than play second fiddle to doctors; they actually make up the backbone of the healthcare infrastructure. From nurse managers who oversee units of nurses, to nurse informatics specialists who make sense of patient data, these individuals work across all levels of the healthcare system to ensure operations run smoothly. Annual salaries for these jobs range from $83,000 to $101,097, making them a good choice for a high-impact, lucrative career — pandemic or not.
Personal Care Aides
The pandemic has left the elderly vulnerable in more ways than one. Aside from the threat of transmission, COVID-19 has also restricted access to home healthcare for seniors aging in place, leaving family caregivers to shoulder that labor themselves. This is a heavy burden, as nearly six million people in the US rely on home care, even more than nursing homes and assisted living. Thus, personal care aides continue to be in high demand.
Personal care aides earn an average of $25,280 annually, but some states like Virginia offer hazard pay in light of the pandemic. As secondary caregivers, they deliver at-home care to the elderly and persons with disabilities — a vital service given during these tough times.
Health Service Managers
Nurses and doctors are typically too occupied with the chaos of dealing with patients. Because of this, hospitals need someone to stay on top of business operations. This is where health service managers come in.
Health service managers earn roughly $115,160 a year. Blending both healthcare and business, they juggle several tasks that include directing, planning, and coordinating with other medical practitioners. They also manage the health facility’s expenses, budget, and manpower. To this end, the job typically requires a degree in business, management, or health administration.
As more health practitioners of all kinds are expected to enter the field, this rise in demand also extends to medical assistants. The job description varies depending on where you are assigned. Often, medical assistants are tasked to record patients’ health history, administer medications, and assist physicians with patient exams. Administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments may also be involved. Medical assistants are paid around $35,720 yearly. It’s a good training ground for those looking to get their foot in the door for a medical career.
Indeed, COVID-19 has exposed the deficiencies in our healthcare system. Even with a vaccine on the way, more help is needed for the healthcare industry to hold up and withstand future crises. As such, it’s no surprise that these healthcare jobs are predicted to shoot up in demand in 2021 and beyond.
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