When I saw the headline “Fastest-growing jobs” with Home Care Nurse right under it on CNN Money, I wasn’t surprised. But, what did surprise me is the amount of growth this profession is anticipated to experience in the next 10 years – an enormous 70.5 percent!
Best Employment Opportunities
|Job||Growth %||Pay||Education Requirements|
|1. Home Care Nurse||70.5||$61,000||Bachelor's degree (minimum)|
|2. Medical Device Clinical Engineer||61.7||$80,400||Bachelor's + Certification or Master's|
|3. Meeting / Convention Planner||43.7||$56,000||Prefer Bachelor's, experience is a must|
|4. Marketing Consultant||41.2||$92,100||Prefer Bachelor's, MBA (optional), experience is a must|
|5. Marriage/Family Therapist||41.2||$56,800||Master's degree|
|6. Physical Therapist||39||$76,700||Doctoral or professional degree|
|7. Audiologist||36.8||$71,400||Doctoral or professional degree|
|8. Cost Engineer||36.4||$96,500||Bachelor's degree + Certification|
|9. Clinical Research Associate||36.4||$90,700||Bachelor's degree, CRA certification (sometimes)|
|10. Veterinarian||35.9||$81,300||Bachelors + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine|
With baby boomers aging, more nurses will be needed. I recently did some research to find out what is happening in the nursing field. The reason behind this significant growth in home care nurses is not only due to the simple fact that baby boomers are approaching that age, but also because of our current economic stance on Medicare.
Obama has been pushing to reform healthcare to include provisions for affordable nursing care. The so called CLASS Act was supposed to provide a voluntary program in which people could participate to set aside money for nursing care. Under the current Medicare policies, nursing facility stay is very limited. I can’t remember the exact figure but something like 100 days for a qualifying condition are covered by Medicare, the rest isn’t.
The CLASS Act was insolvent and Congress gave it the boot. With the rest of the law still hanging in threads to survive tonight’s election, it is not exactly clear how baby boomers will pay for care, but what is clear is that they’ll have to do it one way or the other.
Nevertheless, a real opportunity exists for those pursuing nursing careers. Currently, the median household income in the United States is $50,054 according to Huffington Post, a number much lower than the median salary for a nurse. With great pay, high personal satisfaction rewards and incredible benefit to society, what’s not to like about nursing?
It goes without saying that the job is not without stress. Nurses often work long hours in hospitals and have little or no flexibility in hours. However, according to a discussion on a popular nursing website, continuous care nurses who provide assistance at home experience much less stress and more flexible work hours.
I personally believe Nursing to be one of the best employment opportunities in 2013 and many years to come. Some of the other jobs in the chart look very promising as well, and perhaps a bit less stressful.