According to a recent article published in The Atlantic, health care jobs will see extensive growth over the next ten years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 10-year forecast assesses the fastest and slowest growing jobs in the United States. The Bureau’s most recent report reveals that of the 10 fastest growing job areas, five are in health and geriatric care.
Those five occupations—personal care aides, home health aides, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and nursing assistants—account for almost one-fifth of the net new jobs to be created by 2026.
And there is certainly an added level of security in health work:
Since it’s difficult to automate (and impossible to offshore) the tactile work of caring for a fragile elderly person, these jobs would seem resistant even to the most aggressive implications of AI and machine automation of the labor force.
As Baby Boomers age, many nurses and care professionals will exit the work force – and will require new practitioners to take their places. The projected growth in jobs bodes well for the industry but will still require the younger generations to fill the gap. Either way, health care looks to continue its slow domination of the job market over the coming decade.